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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. "Alcestis": Whom does Heracles talk to and learn the extent of the events in the household?

2. "Alcestis": Admetus's wife says she is dying because it is her natural duty and for another reason.Admetus's What is it?

3. "Andromache": Who is the son Peleus had with a goddess?

4. "Medea": Who tells Medea that she and her two sons are to be exiled immediately?

5. "Andromache": Of what place is Menelaus king?

Short Essay Questions

1. "Hippolytus": Why is Theseus in exile?

2. "Andromache": When Menelaus refuses to give Andromache up, what does Peleus say?

3. "Medea": Describe Medea.

4. "Alcestis": What does the handmaiden think of Alcestis?

5. "Medea": Why does Medea think that Jason will eventually pay for his actions?

6. "Ion": Why do Xuthus and Creusa travel to Delphi?

7. "Hippolytus": What is Aphrodite raging against in her speech at the beginning of the play?

8. "Ion": What happens to Creusa before the play begins?

9. "Hippolytus": How was Hippolytus killed?

10. "Andromache": When Menelaus betrays Andromache when she leaves the shrine, what does she do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Medea says women are disadvantaged. Explain Medea's reasoning. Give 2 - 3 examples of women in Euripides other plays that meet, or do not meet, Medea's expectations of women.

Essay Topic 2

What are three types of irony and how does Euripides use them in his plays? Give at least one example for each type of irony.

Essay Topic 3

Why does Euripides mix tragedy and comedy in his plays? Support your answer with evidence from the plays.

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