10 Plays Test | Final 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. "Electra": Aegisthus married Electra to the peasant so she cannot have what?

2. "Trojan Women": The play begins after the fall of what city?

3. "Electra": Who tells Electra Aegisthus is successfully murdered?

4. "Iphigenia at Aulis": What is Iphigenia doing while pleading with Agamemnon not to sacrifice her?

5. "The Bacchants": What does Pentheus say are dancing in the countryside?

Short Essay Questions

1. "Trojan Women": Why is Hecuba enraged about being Odysseus's slave?

2. "Trojan Women": Why has Athena decided to attack her former allies?

3. "The Bacchants": What does the stranger convince Pentheus to do after he hears the tale from the herdsman?

4. "Iphigenia among Taurians": Why do the men capture Pylades and Orestes?

5. "Iphigenia among Taurians": Who is Iphigenia?

6. "The Bacchants": After the stranger escapes from jail, what tale does the herdsman tell Pentheus?

7. "Trojan Women": What does Cassandra predict as the fate of Agamemnon?

8. "Trojan Women": Why is Hecuba upset about Agamemnon taking Cassandra?

9. "The Bacchants": What do Cadmus and Tiresias discuss on their way to the bacchanal celebration?

10. "The Bacchants": Why has Pentheus jailed several of the bacchants?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is a chorus? How does Euripides use the chorus? Cite as many examples from the plays as you can in support of your position.

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

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.

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