The Bacchae Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. A happy man, according to the Chorus, is one who from day to day has his life what?
(a) Full of surprises.
(b) Reach new levels.
(c) Blest.
(d) Follow tradition.

2. According to the messenger, what has Pentheus's mother won?
(a) Power.
(b) Acceptance.
(c) Tears.
(d) Ridicule.

3. Why did Pentheus's mother not recognize him?
(a) He was disguised.
(b) She was mad.
(c) Dionysus made her forget.
(d) She was blind.

4. How does the Chorus function, in relation to Dionysus, in the fifth ode?
(a) As a conscience to Dionysus.
(b) As a sister to Dionysus.
(c) As a distinct being, different from Dionysus.
(d) As an extension of Dionysus.

5. How does Pentheus feel about the task he is undertaking in disguise?
(a) Happy.
(b) Righteous.
(c) Peverse.
(d) Holy.

6. When he could not see the women well, what did Pentheus do?
(a) Leave.
(b) Complain.
(c) Sing.
(d) Sigh.

7. Who ripped the tree out of the ground?
(a) A bull.
(b) The women.
(c) Dionysus.
(d) Pentheus' sister.

8. What did Dionysus raise "twixt heaven and earth" when he spoke from heaven?
(a) A darkness.
(b) A cloud.
(c) A column of flame.
(d) A waterfall.

9. The Chorus says that although their triumph is glorious, it ends in what?
(a) Pleasure and pain.
(b) Fright and madness.
(c) Sorrow and pleading.
(d) Sadness and tears.

10. The Chorus compares "tossing my neck to heaven's dewey breath" to what animal?
(a) Horse.
(b) Cow.
(c) Dolphin.
(d) Fawn.

11. Who leaves the stage right before the Chorus starts their fourth ode?
(a) Pentheus.
(b) Cadmus.
(c) Dionysus.
(d) Tiresius.

12. When the Chorus says that there are a "myriad of hopes for all the myriad minds," what does myriad mean?
(a) Fulfilling.
(b) Specific.
(c) Many.
(d) Thoughtful.

13. What reason did Dionysus give to the women when he ordered them to take their vengeance on Pentheus?
(a) For trying to bring them home by force.
(b) For pretending to be a woman.
(c) For not believing in Dionysus.
(d) For mocking their rites.

14. Who brings the news that Pentheus is dead?
(a) The second messenger.
(b) The fifth messenger.
(c) The third messenger.
(d) The fourth messenger.

15. During the third ode, the Chorus looks forward to what?
(a) Pentheus's success.
(b) Dionysus's revenge.
(c) Dionysus's reconciliation with his family.
(d) Pentheus's homage to Dionysus.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Chorus shares the belief of Tiresius and Cadmus that to honor the divine is what?

2. What kind of heart does the Chorus think Pentheus has in his quest against the women?

3. The Chorus says that true wisdom, as granted by the heavens to the mortals, is to gain mastery over what?

4. What does Pentheus hope to do when he leaves the palace in disguise?

5. Why does the first messenger not want to tell Pentheus the truth of what he saw?

(see the answer keys)

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