Euripides V Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. Who does Electra send her husband to go find when the strangers enter the cottage?

3. In The Phoenician Women, who has been living in Argos and marries a woman there?

4. What goddess will be celebrated in the beginning of Electra?

5. In what city-state does Clytemnestra rule?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Orestes say of Electra's husband (as he pretends to be the messenger)?

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

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

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

5. Why do the brothers in The Phoenician Women fight against fate?

6. Describe briefly the theme of fate in The Phoenician Women.

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

8. Describe the dramatic irony in the messenger's speech to Electra in Part Three of the play.

9. Who tells Electra of the upcoming feast? Why does she refuse to go?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of "Fate" in The Phoenician Women. How does this theme attribute to the actions of Polyneices and Eteocles? To Oedipus? To Antigone?

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

Discuss the act of war in the face of justification in The Phoenician Women. Is justification cause for war? Are the two main characters justified in destroying their homeland? Why or why not?

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