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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. When Iphigenia asks Orestes about the king's son in Part 3 of Iphigenia in Taurus, and asks where he lives, what is Orestes' reply?

2. Who is Iphigenia's mother?

3. Why does Iphigenia feel like the rites she celebrates are unfit for song?

4. When Orestes and Iphigenia are discussing Hellas, Orestes tells Iphigenia that a particular person's end was terrible. Who is Orestes talking about?

5. In Iphigenia's dream, where does she dream that she has escaped to live?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who gave birth to Artemis and Apollo and what did she do after their birth?

2. In Part 3, after the guards have entered the temple and Iphigenia is alone with the two young strangers, what does she begin asking them about?

3. When Iphigenia tells Orestes what her plan is for sending her letter back, what does Orestes say to her about a change in plans, and why does he want to change Iphigenia's plans?

4. After Orestes finishes telling Pylades what he would like him to do when he goes back home, what is Pylades reply?

5. In Part 5 of Iphigenia in Taurus, why does King Thoas tell Iphigenia that it is natural that the city honors her?

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

7. What does Iphigenia promise she will do after Orestes has been sacrificed?

8. How does the herdsman tell Iphigenia that he captured the two young strangers?

9. What happened to the messenger and guards when they tried to hold fast to Iphigenia and prevent Orestes from taking her onto his ship?

10. In Part 4 of Iphigenia in Taurus, why does Orestes ask Pylades where they are and wonders if they are in a dream?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

In the play, Iphigenia in Taurus, it begins by Iphigenia telling of a dream she had about what she perceives as the death of her brother, Orestes. How does the realization that she might be the last person from her family affect Iphagenia's attitude? What change does Iphigenia's demeanor seem to take after she has learned that her brother, Orestes, might be dead? If Orestes was indeed dead in the story, how do you think Iphigenia's attitude would have continued to change during the duration of the story?

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