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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. "Medea": Of what besides deceit does Medea accuse Jason?

2. "Alcestis": Who is confused by Admetus's behavior towards Heracles?

3. "Alcestis": Pheres says that no man wishes to die. What does he suggest is better?

4. "Hippolytus": For what reason does Theseus think his wife has killed herself after reading and misunderstanding her note?

5. "Hippolytus": What is Aphrodite goddess of?

Short Essay Questions

1. "Medea": Describe Medea.

2. "Alcestis": What is Pheres' claim about why he did not want to die?

3. "Ion": How does Ion respond when Creusa says that the gods may be to blame for their troubles?

4. "Hippolytus": Why does Phaedra think it is better to commit suicide than to do wrong?

5. "Ion": What does the oracle tell Xuthus?

6. "Medea": What does Aegeus swear to Medea that he will do?

7. "Andromache": Why is Andromache taking refuge in the shrine of Thetis?

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

9. "Hippolytus": What does the nurse tell Phaedra that love is dependent on?

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

What do the Ancient Greeks think of the role of women? What are at least three examples that support your conclusions?

Essay Topic 2

What is the definition of a stranger, as described in the plays? What is the importance of a stranger? What evidence from the plays can you cite in support of your position?

Essay Topic 3

Based on the plays, do the Ancient Greeks think they can defy the gods or do the Gods rule them? Give at least three examples in support of your position.

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