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

2. What word describes both Tiresius and Cadmus?
(a) Handsome.
(b) Youthful.
(c) Hearty.
(d) Old.

3. The Chorus extolls the virtue of simple what?
(a) Eating.
(b) Speaking.
(c) Dress.
(d) Living.

4. What body part kept Dionysus until he was born?
(a) An arm.
(b) A head.
(c) A stomach.
(d) A thigh.

5. In the Chorus's first lines, they believe that a happy man is one who leads what kind of life?
(a) Rich.
(b) Magestic.
(c) Holy.
(d) Powerful.

Short Answer Questions

1. Pentheus says that he will do what to the women he has captured?

2. What is the Parodos?

3. Who says, "By this name, O Baccic god, I now proclaim thee to Thebes?"

4. The Chorus suggests that worship is the only ________ ________ to the gods.

5. After Cadmus and Tiresius talk to Pentheus, what does the Chorus call Pentheus?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the king obsessed with?

2. What is the Parodos?

3. What is the Chorus trying to inspire in their fourth ode?

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

5. Why is Agave unaware she has murdered her own son?

6. How is Dionysus able to use Pentheus's feelings as a trap?

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

8. What explanation does Cadmus give for the events of the play?

9. What is the Chorus extolling in the first ode?

10. Who does Dionysus intend to vindicate by coming to Thebes?

(see the answer keys)

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