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

2. According to the Chorus, why does Dionysus chase the goat?
(a) To eat its meat.
(b) To have company.
(c) To drink its blood.
(d) To wear its horns.

3. The Chorus asks Dionysus to lead them places and act as their what?
(a) Divine guide.
(b) Godly guide.
(c) Celestial guide.
(d) Kingly guide.

4. According to the soldier when he brings Dionysus, what happened to the women in their prison?
(a) They are dead.
(b) They are not eating.
(c) They are sleeping.
(d) They are free.

5. The Chorus praises Dionysus as a god who cures the grief of the ________ and the ________.
(a) Rich, poor.
(b) Adult, child.
(c) Woman, man.
(d) Slave, master.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When Dionysus says, multiple times, that the god is before Pentheus, what is Pentheus' reaction?

3. What word describes both Tiresius and Cadmus?

4. What describes the stories that Pentheus shares about the women and their worship of Dionysus?

5. Who leaves the stage right before the Chorus enters for the first time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does the violence and death take place during the play?

2. Why is the Chorus celebrating in the fifth ode?

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

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

5. What is being denounced in the second choral ode?

6. How do Agave and Cadmus represent the audience?

7. How does Dionysus turn the king's anger at him into contentment?

8. How does the Chorus refer to Pentheus in the fourth ode?

9. How is the Chorus similar to the positions of Tiresius and Cadmus?

10. Why is the Chorus mocking Agave?

(see the answer keys)

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