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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Pentheus is obsessed with what aspect of the women's behavior?
(a) Their prayerful behavior.
(b) Their childish behavior.
(c) Their honest behavior.
(d) Their sexual behavior.

2. What rises from the site of Dionysus's mother's death?
(a) A mountain.
(b) A tree.
(c) A vine.
(d) Smoke.

3. What story is told in the Chorus's first appearance?
(a) Dionysus's revenge.
(b) Dionysus's death.
(c) Dionysus's birth.
(d) Dionysus's history.

4. The Chorus wants Thebes to "burst forth" with boughs of what?
(a) Oak and pine.
(b) Evergreen and pine.
(c) Holly and pine.
(d) Maple and pine.

5. What would a follower of Dionysus "brandish" while wearing a crown of ivy?
(a) A sword.
(b) A frustus.
(c) A thyrsus.
(d) A spear.

6. Who says, "By this name, O Baccic god, I now proclaim thee to Thebes?"
(a) The Chorus.
(b) Semele.
(c) Hera.
(d) Cadmus.

7. What are Tiresius and Cadmus planning on doing?
(a) Pretending to be women.
(b) Partying with the women.
(c) Praying to Dionysus in the temple.
(d) Honoring Dionysus.

8. When the Chorus says "Like a colt that gambols at its mother's side," who are they saying is the colt?
(a) Dionysus.
(b) The Greeks.
(c) Pentheus.
(d) The worshipers of Dionysus.

9. This Chorus's point of view is that Dionysus is what?
(a) Divine.
(b) Subtle.
(c) Sweet.
(d) Mortal.

10. Where has the cult that is in Thebes come from?
(a) England.
(b) Sparta.
(c) Persia.
(d) Athens.

11. Why does Pentheus want the women to spin at the loom?
(a) To make things for him.
(b) To honor other gods and goddesses.
(c) To do something with their lives.
(d) To quiet their drumming.

12. What is the Axius?
(a) An ocean.
(b) A stream.
(c) A river.
(d) A sea.

13. According to the Chorus, what is hateful to Dionysus?
(a) Not believing in divinity.
(b) Not treating guests as family.
(c) Not living the life of bliss.
(d) Not caring about the feasts.

14. What relationship is Pentheus to Dionysus?
(a) Cousin.
(b) Brother.
(c) Nephew.
(d) Half-brother.

15. What is the Chorus praying for in the second ode?
(a) The intervention of Zeus.
(b) The intervention of Dionysus.
(c) The release of the women.
(d) The release of their cult leader.

Short Answer Questions

1. Pentheus is disturbed by the conversation with Cadmus and Tiresius and orders the destruction of Tiresius's what?

2. What do the worshipers of Dionysus dress in?

3. The Chorus says that Cyprus is the isle of what goddess?

4. Tiresius says that failing to give honor where honor is due is what?

5. What are Tiresius and Cadmus wearing on their heads?

(see the answer keys)

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