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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. In the beginning of Part 3 of Iphigenia in Taurus, what does Iphigenia claim is her first care?
2. What takes Iphigenia's place on the altar to be sacrificed instead?
3. After Orestes finds the item he is searching for in Taurus, what is he required to do with it?
4. In the Chorus' opening prayer to Artemis, what do they speak about that "crop the green meadows"?
5. When Iphigenia is speaking with Orestes outside the temple, she mentions a particular name that is in the world's mouth. What name is that?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Iphigenia enters from the central door of the temple in the beginning of Part 2, why does she say she is sunk in "bitter tears and deep distress"?
2. 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?
3. In Part 3, what does Orestes refuse to tell Iphigenia, and why?
4. In Part 5, why does King Thoas agree to not question why Iphigenia will take so long with the purification process?
5. What happened to the messenger and guards when they tried to hold fast to Iphigenia and prevent Orestes from taking her onto his ship?
6. What plan does Iphigenia devise to make sure her message gets to its destination if the letter is lost or taken?
7. In Part 4 of Iphigenia in Taurus, why does Iphigenia tell Orestes that she'll use their misfortune to deceive the king?
8. At the end of Part 5 of Iphigenia in Taurus, who follows with the procession and how they go into the temple? Why did those that went into the temple go back into the temple?
9. Describe the opening scene of Part 1 of Iphigenia in Taurus.
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
During the play, Iphigenia in Taurus, both Orestes and Iphigenia speak about how human beings should live their lives according to their free will and not depend on the Gods to decide all their doings. What actions does Iphigenia take to make this wish a reality? What actions does Orestes take to make this a reality as well? Do you think either Orestes or Iphigenia depend on any of the gods for any specific reasons? If yes, what do you think they are? If no, why don't you think they depend on the gods for anything? Use specific material from the play to support your ideas.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
During the play, Iphigenia in Taurus, Orestes is hounded by the Furies and he is driven into a mad-like state by their tauntings. How is the appearance of the Furies in the play similar to someone having a conscience? What things do they make Orestes feel? How is this similar to someone that has something bad on their conscience? Even though Orestes feels like what he did to his mother is right, do you still think he feels guilty anyway? Why or why not?
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