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 is the name of Ajax's son?

2. When Tecmessa confirms, to the Chorus, that Ajax slaughtered cattle, what does the Chorus say it might be time to do?

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

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

5. What is the antistrophe?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Ajax tell the Chorus that he is prepared to make peace with Agamemnon and Menelaus?

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

3. How did Ajax betray the Greeks, according to Menelaus?

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

5. Why does Athena offer to bring Ajax out of his tent?

6. What does Athena say is the warning embodied by Ajax's behavior?

7. What does the Chorus foreshadow in Part 2?

8. Why does the Chorus suggest that it is time the Chorus members flee?

9. Why does Odysseus pity Ajax?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 two types of authority are in conflict in this play, and what does the conflict mean for the characters in the play? Use the play to find examples to support your answer.

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