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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. Who becomes Clytemnestra's lover?
(a) Aegisthus.
(b) Orestes.
(c) Pentheus.
(d) Agamemnon.

2. Who does Electra NOT want the body to be seen by?
(a) Pylades.
(b) Agamemnon.
(c) Clytemnestra.
(d) Orestes.

3. Who makes up the chorus in Electra?
(a) Phoenician women.
(b) Thebian peasant women.
(c) Argive peasant women.
(d) Trojan women.

4. What does Laius do with his son?
(a) Buries him alive.
(b) Kills him.
(c) Abandons him to die.
(d) Sells him to a farmer.

5. What food and provisions are brought to Electra for her and her guests?
(a) Bull, mead and water.
(b) Lamb, onions, and potatoes.
(c) Lamb, flowers, cheese and wine.
(d) Lamb, olives, and water.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Orestes returns, who does Electra praise for his faithful friendship?

2. Electra condemns all men who are what to their wives?

3. The old servant tells Orestes he must kill Aegisthus, but not where?

4. Who says that good character cannot be judged by riches, poverty or courage?

5. Who kills Laius in The Phoenician Women?

Short Essay Questions

1. What of Electra's demeanor in Part Three builds the tension of the play? What does she feel when she hears word from the messenger?

2. What does Orestes comment on about riches regarding the farmer? What prompts this?

3. What does Orestes ask of the old man at the cottage?

4. Why and with whom has Orestes returned to Argos? Where do we first find him in the play Electra?

5. What happened to Agamemnon? What does the exposition tell us happened with Orestes and Electra?

6. What is the central conflict in The Phoenician Women?

7. How is the death of Aegisthus revealed? What effect does this have on the audience?

8. What is Electra doing when she first enters the play? What does her farmer chide her for?

9. What does Electra tell the messenger (Orestes) to relay to him about returning?

10. The end of the Electra reveals the author's (and likely the society's) point of view. What is it?

(see the answer keys)

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