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

2. The Chorus suggests that worship is the only ________ ________ to the gods.
(a) Appropriate response.
(b) Safe response.
(c) Honorable response.
(d) Reasonable response.

3. Why is the soldier ashamed to bring Dionysus to Pentheus?
(a) Because he is an old man.
(b) Because the soldier believes in Dionysus as a god.
(c) Because he came so willingly.
(d) Because the soldier doesn't like Pentheus.

4. What destroyed Dionysus's mother?
(a) A thunder storm.
(b) A lightening strike.
(c) A thunder strike.
(d) A lightening flash.

5. Pentheus holds what title?
(a) Ruler.
(b) Priest.
(c) King.
(d) Philosopher.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Dionysus was born, he was crowned with a coronal of what?

2. What are Tiresius and Cadmus wearing?

3. If you aim too high, and miss the pleasures within your reach, the Chorus would consider you a what?

4. According to the Chorus, who is Dirce's father?

5. What does Tiresius suffer from?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Pentheus's disguise when he leaves the palace?

2. What is the reason Dionysus came to Thebes?

3. What about the worship of Dionysus is frightening and revolting to outsiders?

4. What happened once Pentheus was in the tree?

5. How is the worship of Dionysus described in the Parados?

6. When Hera found out about the love affair between Zeus and Semele, what did Semele question?

7. What, according to the dialogue between Pentheus and Dionysus, is not open for negotiation?

8. What does the first messenger report that is in conflict with what the king believes?

9. What is the secret that Dionysus reveals to the audience in the Prologue but not to the other characters?

10. In the third ode what thoughts does the Chorus express about divine power?

(see the answer keys)

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