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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. Whose temple was Iphigenia to work in?

2. When Iphigenia and Orestes are speaking to each other outside the temple in Part 3, who does Orestes tell Iphigenia is no more trustworthy than a fleeting dream?

3. In Part 3 of Iphigenia in Taurus, what does Orestes claim is as chaotic as the mortal world?

4. The Herdsman hears one of the young men's names. Who is the young man that he knows the name of?

5. Who was Iphigenia betrothed to when she lived in Greece?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the dream that Iphigenia has.

2. What does Orestes request Pylades do for him when he returns home?

3. What do Orestes and Pylades finally decide to do after they have spoken of how to get into the temple?

4. In Part 6, even though Iphigenia has left Artemis' temple, she prays to Artemis and asks for her protection and help. Why does Iphigenia feel like Artemis will still understand her and listen to her heartfelt prayers?

5. In Part 1, what does Iphigenia claim her father vowed to Artemis?

6. When Iphigenia is telling about her sorrow, what does she say she can't do for her brother, Orestes?

7. When the ship that Orestes, Pylades, and Iphigenia are escaping on begins to be pushed backwards towards land, what do the crew and Iphigenia start to do?

8. Why does Orestes claim he is an outcast?

9. What does the herdsman tell Iphigenia the young stranger's insane fit looked like?

10. In Part 3, what does Orestes refuse to tell Iphigenia, and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In most Greek tragedies there are serious instances of death or sorrow, but in Euripides' play there is a little softer side of a Greek tragedy. Why do you think Euripides softened the tragedy of his play compared to other writers of his time? Why do you think Euripides introduced a strong female central character, which is another rare occurrence in Greek mythology and plays? Did you like the fact that the play came to a happy resolution after Iphigenia had gone through so much ill-fate and sorrow throughout her life? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

During the play, Iphigenia in Taurus, we read descriptions of objects and places, but there aren't too many detailed descriptions of what the characters actually look like physically. Do you think this causes any problems as a reader of the play? Why or why not? Were you, as a reader, able to picture the characters in your mind without much need of a description? Why or why not? Do character descriptions not really matter in this type of literature? Why do you think Euripides wrote the play this way? Do you think character descriptions could have taken away from the essence of Iphigenia in Taurus? If so, how? Use specific examples from the play to support your ideas and thoughts.

Essay Topic 3

In the play, Iphigenia in Taurus, the theme of betrayal is evident when we learn of Iphigenia's father, Agamemnon, betraying his own daughter. How does Agamemnon betray others that he loves during this time? Do you think Agamemnon felt sorry for what happened to his daughter? Later on, Agamemnon is betrayed. By who? Do you think Euripides used the betrayal of Iphigenia by her father as a kind of foreshadowing of another betrayal yet to come? Why or why not?

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