Ajax Test | Mid-Book 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. What sea would Ajax have to sail over to get home?

2. Which side is Ajax fighting on?

3. Who says: Nobly to live, or else nobly to die/Befits proud birth?

4. Who does Ajax give his son's care to?

5. What is the antistrophe?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a soliloquy?

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

3. What does the prophecy by Calchas say?

4. How, and why, does Tecmessa hide Ajax's body from the Chorus?

5. What does Agamemnon tell Teucer he had no right to do?

6. Why does Odysseus pity Ajax?

7. Why does Teucer refuse Odysseus' help with Ajax's burial?

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

9. What does Teucer, after seeing Ajax's dead body, say his father will do?

10. How is Teucer greeted when he arrived at the Greek camp, and why is he greeted that way?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using specific examples from the text, show how Sophocles uses foreshadowing in this play.

Essay Topic 2

Does Ajax deserve his fate? Why or why not? Use examples from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

What is a soliloquy, and what purpose does it serve in a play? What is the purpose of Ajax's soliloquy? Cite examples from the text to support your answer.

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