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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Ajax tell his son that he must become?
(a) A benevolent warrior.
(b) A smart warrior.
(c) A great warrior.
(d) A strong warrior.

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

3. What sea would Ajax have to sail over to get home?
(a) Cretian sea.
(b) Aegean sea.
(c) Inland sea.
(d) Nothing, he would ride home.

4. Who confirms Odysseus' suspicions that Ajax slaughtered a herd of cattle?
(a) Menaleus.
(b) Athena.
(c) Terues.
(d) Ajax.

5. What is the antistrophe?
(a) The turning of the Chorus the other way.
(b) The turning of the Chorus towards the audience.
(c) The dancing of the Chorus.
(d) The beginning of the Chorus' song.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the epode?

2. What does Athena say she will do to Odysseus before having Ajax appear?

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

4. What direction does the Chorus move when singing the antistrophe?

5. What is the name of the person who wrote Ajax?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Menelaus and Teucer use to support their positions about Ajax's burial?

2. What is the purpose of the initial conversation between Odysseus and Athena?

3. What does Ajax do with his armor, and why?

4. What is the general purpose of a messenger in Classical Greek theater?

5. When the Chorus calls for Tecmessa, after Teucer has arrived, what does the messenger tell Tecmessa?

6. When the Chorus unsuccessfully attempts to calm Ajax, what does Ajax bemoan?

7. What is Ajax's state of mind right before he kills himself?

8. Who goes in search of Ajax in Part 3?

9. What is Ajax doing on the beach and how does he feel?

10. What does Ajax tell Eurysaces when he is brought out of hiding by his mother and two attendants?

(see the answer keys)

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