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. Florinda can't stand which of her possible suitors?

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

3. What does Florinda intend to do at the carnival?

4. Why doesn't Willmore wear his mask to the carnival?

5. What do the Englishmen decide to do to pass the time and bolster their spirits after all the women depart from the street in front of Angellica's?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Blunt hate all women in general?

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

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

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

5. What is an "aside"?

6. Why was it so easy for Lucetta to trick Blunt?

7. What is a farce?

8. How does Belvile plan to give Florinda time to escape from Pedro's house?

9. 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?

10. What is meant by the idea that the audience sees what they want to see?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What might have Aphra Behn considered a virtuous woman versus a prostitute or courtesan? Using characters and situations from The Rover, discuss what could be meant by the term "virtuous woman." What makes someone virtuous? Does station in life make one more virtuous than another?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the difference between the way men treated high-born women like Florinda and low-born women, prostitutes in particular? Give two specific examples to back up your point of view.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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