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 does Moretta think of Willmore as he tries to seduce Angellica?

2. Who is Frederic flirting with out on the street in front of Angellica's home?

3. What kind of "mask" is Hellena showing to Willmore as she catches him coming out of Angellica's house?

4. At the beginning of the play, who has been banished, penniless from his homeland?

5. The three couples in The Rover will struggle in what way?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it important to the plot of The Rover that Florinda, Hellena and Valeria are still wearing their gypsy disguises as they meet Belvile, Wilmore, and Frederic on the street?

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

3. What are the merits of Don Antonio as a husband?

4. What is Angellica "masking" as she meets Willmore for the first time?

5. What is a striking difference between how Pedro expects Hellena and Florinda to behave and how they actually act?

6. Does Hellena seem well suited to become a nun? Why or why not?

7. What happens when Blunt shows Belvile the ring his victim offered as proof of her innocence?

8. What theme of The Rover does Blunt's costume at the end of the play reinforce?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

An aspect to the play's thematic point is that sometimes there are masks within masks, and the removal of one layer of disguise doesn't mean there aren't more beneath it. In a cohesive page or two, describe the first "mask" Willmore shows to Angellica. When he throws this first mask aside, what does he reveal underneath? Who do you think is the "real" Willmore? Are there any other characters with multiple-layered masks?

Essay Topic 2

One of the larger themes of the play seems to be warning women to beware of the charms of men. Give four specific examples of this. Are there examples of men falling to the charms of women? How is this interpreted differently in the subtext of The Rover?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the relationships of Willmore and Angellica and Willmore and Hellena. What elements are similar and what are different? Also, compare Willmore's relationships with that of Belvile and Florinda. What makes these relationships different?

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