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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. After Iphigenia finishes talking about her dream, where does she go?

2. Who snatched Iphigenia from the altar from which she was to be sacrificed?

3. When Iphigenia is telling the Chorus about her terrible past, she mentions that she would not hold who?

4. What takes Iphigenia's place on the altar to be sacrificed instead?

5. Which character from the story enters first in Part 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the opening scene of Part 1 of Iphigenia in Taurus.

2. In Part 6 of Iphigenia in Taurus, why does the messenger not leave when the Chorus tells him that the King is not there at the temple?

3. When Iphigenia is speaking to Orestes about her plan to send a letter back with either Pylades or himself, why does she tell Orestes that she feels like he must surely be from royal stock?

4. Why does Orestes claim he is an outcast?

5. In Part 5 of Iphigenia in Taurus, Iphigenia relates a story to King Thoas concerning the image of Artemis. What does she tell King Thoas about?

6. In the opening of Part 1 of Iphigenia in Taurus, what does Iphigenia first begin telling us?

7. In Part 5 of Iphigenia in Taurus, what reason does Iphigenia give for binding the stranger's arms with cords?

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

9. In Part 6 of Iphigenia in Taurus, what does the messenger tell the King that makes him a little uneasy?

10. In Part 2 of Iphigenia of Taurus, why does Iphigenia claim she is cruel now, and what does she say has made her that way?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the story, Iphigenia in Taurus, Orestes and Pylades are friends who some in the story mistake for brothers. Why do you think some people mistake the two young men as brothers? How are the two young strangers similar? Do you see differences between Orestes and Pylades? If so, what are they? Explain the relationship between Orestes and Pylades and how they support each other during the story.

Essay Topic 2

In the story, Iphigenia in Taurus, who do you consider to be the protagonist of the story? What kind of obstacles does this character face or overcome? Do you think there could be more than one person that people would see as a protagonist of this story? Why or why not? Who or what would be considered to be the antagonists in the story? How does the protagonist grow and learn from their experiences in the story? Use specific examples throughout the story to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Athena, the goddess of reason, appears at the end of the play, Iphigenia in Taurus. What significance does she play in the story? Why did Athena step in to help Orestes and Iphigenia? What other appearance does Athena make in the story, besides the ending? Do you think she felt like she had to finally free Orestes because she wasn't able to do it fully at his trial? Why or why not? Explain your reasoning.

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