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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Aegisthus take to predict the future?

2. Who does Electra say was NOT properly buried?

3. What is Aegisthus preparing to offer the goddess Nymphs in Electra?

4. Who does Electra tell her husband the messengers are from?

5. How did Orestes attain the mark the servant speaks of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the chorus sing of once Orestes and Electra exit in Part Two of Electra?

2. Who is the ruler of Thebes in The Bacchae? Describe him.

3. What is the last straw which unleashes Dionysus' wrath on Pentheus?

4. How does Creon fight against the fate of the gods?

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

6. How does Clytemnestra's fate show how punishment for women is different than for men?

7. How does Dionysus illustrate that Pentheus is responsible for his own fate?

8. What liberties did the translator take with the final scenes of the play?

9. Why do the Argives retreat in the battle with the Thebians?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the motivations and actions of the two characters, Jocasta and Antigone, in The Phoenician Women. What do these characters do to propel or block the actions taking place? Are they successful?

Essay Topic 2

How are the violent scenes and battles created in the plays of Euripides? Describe the staging of the three plays studied from the collection and the battles or murders which take place in each.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the use of imagery, symbolism, and motif in the play "The Bacchae." Define the terms and give examples of each from the text and what they represent.

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