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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who says: Nobly to live, or else nobly to die/Befits proud birth?
(a) Agamemnon.
(b) The Chorus.
(c) Ajax's father.
(d) Ajax.

2. How many parts are there to the Chorus' song that ends Part II?
(a) Six.
(b) Four.
(c) Five.
(d) Seven.

3. Who does Ajax feel has done him an injustice?
(a) Agamemnon and Odysseus.
(b) His father and Agamemnon.
(c) Menelaus and Odysseus.
(d) Agamemnon and Menelaus.

4. What does Ajax compare living without honor to?
(a) Dying.
(b) Living in shame.
(c) Capture by the enemy.
(d) Living in fear.

5. When does honor first appear as a theme in the play?
(a) In the Chorus' last lines.
(b) In the Chorus' third lines.
(c) In the Chorus' second lines.
(d) In the Chorus' first lines.

6. Where are Tecmessa's parents?
(a) In slavery somewhere.
(b) Dead.
(c) Captured.
(d) On a boat.

7. Which god does Ajax ask for help in the first part of the play?
(a) Pan.
(b) Ares.
(c) Zeus.
(d) Apollo.

8. What is the name of the person who wrote Ajax?
(a) Socrates.
(b) Plato.
(c) Sophocles.
(d) Homer.

9. Who is Athena?
(a) Goddess of strife.
(b) Goddess of conflict.
(c) Goddess of peace.
(d) Goddess of war.

10. What role does the discussion between Odysseus and Athena, at the beginning of the play, serve?
(a) As the exposition.
(b) As the climax.
(c) As the rising action.
(d) As the falling action.

11. Tecmessa and Ajax's son leave the stage when Ajax shuts himself into what?
(a) His house.
(b) His tent.
(c) His ship.
(d) His carriage.

12. Who does Ajax tell Athena that he thinks he has captured, and will torture?
(a) Odysseus.
(b) Menelaus.
(c) Aias.
(d) Agamemnon.

13. Who does Ajax think Achilles would have wanted to have his things?
(a) Odysseus.
(b) Ajax.
(c) His mother.
(d) The gods.

14. Ajax pleads to be allowed to die but says that who is keeping him alive?
(a) Apollo.
(b) Athena.
(c) Artemis.
(d) Ares.

15. Who is Telamon?
(a) Ajax's brother.
(b) Ajax's son.
(c) Ajax's king.
(d) Ajax's father.

Short Answer Questions

1. What time of day is it at the beginning of the play?

2. During Ajax's long speech in Part II, what does he feel has been destroyed?

3. Who is Tecmessa?

4. What does Ajax tell his son that he must become?

5. The Chorus urges Ajax not to dishonor them, but to do what?

(see the answer keys)

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