The Rover Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the women's attitudes toward the men in Act 1, Scene 2?

2. What in particular do Belvile, Willmore, and the others find objectionable about Antonio?

3. What kind of "mask" does Willmore show Angellica in their first meeting?

4. What does Florinda bring with her to the garden?

5. What does Willmore promise to give Angellica in the second act of The Rover?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is ironic about Pedro's last comment in Act 3, Scene 5?

2. Why does Blunt hate all women in general?

3. Give two examples of how men show their disregard for women in the first act of The Rover.

4. How does Belvile respond when Antonio asks why he attacked him outside of Angellica's?

5. Why doesn't Angellica let Antonio kill Willmore in Act 5, Part 2?

6. What does the Epilogue say about the audience?

7. Why doesn't Florinda want to marry Don Antonio?

8. The Rover is considered to be what type of play?

9. What core theme of The Rover is becoming clear as Antonio mistakes his prisoner Belvile for Willmore?

10. Is Willmore being truthful with Angellica at the end of Act 2, Scene 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pedro can easily see through Antonio's mask as they both vie for Angellica's attention. Why can't Pedro see through the disguises of Florinda and Hellena? What about the sisters or Pedro makes it easier for him to be deceived? What greater thematic point of The Rover does this illustrate?

Essay Topic 2

Aphra Behn used a male playwright in the Prologue. What point was she trying to make and was it effective? How would a woman saying the same things change the tone of the Prologue? How does this relate to the larger theme of people seeing what they want to see and the danger of making assumptions? Give specific examples from The Rover to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Willmore seems to continually frustrate or infuriate Belvile. Give three examples of this occurring in The Rover. Do think Willmore's gaffes are intentional? What purpose do they serve to the plot or theme of the play?

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