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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 does the Chorus mention led the famous fleet to the towers of Troy?

2. What happens to the person that Iphigenia sees in her dream?

3. In Part 2, when Iphigenia asks the Herdsman why he was down by the seashore, what is his reply?

4. While Iphigenia is speaking to the Chorus, she mentions that she is without what four things?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Iphigenia talks to the Chorus about her ill fate and how she has had it from the beginning of her existence. She tells the Chorus that she cannot join in the "Argive Hymn to Hera" but that she celebrates rites "unfit for song". What rites is she speaking of and why are they unfit for song?

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

4. In Part 4, when Iphigenia is telling Pylades the contents of her letter, why does Pylades tell Iphigenia that she has bound him with an easy oath?

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the dream that Iphigenia has.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Iphigenia in Taurus opens with a prologue that is given by Iphigenia. A prologue is a type of poem to introduce a play. In the story, Iphigenia in Taurus, what is the purpose of the prologue? What type of things are included in Iphigenia's prologue? Of what importance is the prologue in the play? How would the play be different if Orestes opened the play with a prologue of his own? What things do you think he would have included in his prologue?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the story of Iphigenia in Taurus, Euripides includes a group that is known as the Chorus. The story does not tell us which member of the Chorus is speaking, but just groups them together as one. Who does the Chorus consist of and what significance do the play in the story? Why do you think the Chorus is always grouped together? What benefit to the reader does the Chorus provide? How does the Chorus enhance the story of Iphigenia in Taurus? Explain your answer and provide specific instances from the story to support your answers.

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