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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. Who is Iphigenia's mother?

2. In Part 2 of Iphigenia in Taurus, Iphigenia tells the Chorus that she finds Artemis guilty of what?

3. At the beginning of Part 3 of Iphigenia in Taurus, who enters the scene besides Iphigenia?

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

5. When Iphigenia is speaking to the Chorus in Part 2, where does she tell the Chorus she "yearns toward"?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. In Part 5 of Iphigenia in Taurus, King Thoas asks Iphigenia what they should do with the two young men. Why does King Thoas ask Iphigenia this, and what is Iphigenia's reply?

4. How does the herdsman describe Orestes and Pylades to Iphigenia in Part 2 ?

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

6. What does Iphigenia think her dream means?

7. When Orestes is trying to prove to Iphigenia that he is her brother, what story does he claim Iphigenia wove in her loom?

8. In Part 5 of Iphigenia in Taurus, Iphigenia asks that two different things happen that involve cloaks. What are those two things?

9. Describe the conversation that Orestes and Iphigenia have concerning Odysseus during Part 3 of Iphigenia in Taurus.

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

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

In Iphigenia in Taurus, we begin by learning of Iphigenia's terrible past and the fact that her own father gave her up for a sacrifice. After we learn of Orestes' and Pylades' capture, we again hear from Iphigenia as she recounts the events of her childhood in more detail. Why do you think Euripides included another telling of Iphigenia's horrible past? Do you think this makes the reader more prone to feel sorry for Iphigenia and want her to succeed in her escape? Why or why not? Do you think a reader would already feel connected enough to Iphigenia after her first telling of her past, or do you think the second instance was really needed to commit readers to compassion for her character?

Essay Topic 3

In Part 2 of Iphigenia in Taurus, Iphigenia comments on how humanity uses the gods for an excuse. What excuse does she say the gods are used for? The answer to this question is revolutionary to Greek plays because it actually gives the humans blame for being savages and not saying that it was a god's demand. Why do you think this was a revolutionary idea? Has does this same idea exist today? What type of things happen in the play that are examples of this revolutionary idea? Cite specific examples from the play to support your ideas.

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