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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. Iphigenia talks about the seizure of Helen in Part 1. Who is Helen's husband?

2. In the beginning of Part 3, who tells Iphigenia that they need no tears from her?

3. Where does Pylades suggest that he and Orestes hide so that they are not captured?

4. Who was Iphigenia betrothed to when she lived in Greece?

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

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. What question does Iphigenia ask Orestes in Part 3 that she longs to ask him?

3. When the messenger enters the scene in Part 6 of Iphigenia in Taurus, he ignores the Chorus and eagerly seeks out King Thoas. Why does he do this?

4. Iphigenia explains in Part 2 that the men in her homeland already know her fate. What do they think has happened to Iphigenia?

5. In Part 4 of Iphigenia in Taurus, how does Iphigenia remember Orestes at the time she was taken away to be sacrificed?

6. What is Orestes' mission that Apollo sent him to complete?

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

8. Why does Orestes claim he is an outcast?

9. When the ship that Orestes, Pylades, and Iphigenia are escaping on begins to be pushed backwards towards land, what do the crew and Iphigenia start to do?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

In the play, Iphigenia in Taurus, there is a parallel drawn between Orestes and Iphigenia being brother and sister and Artemis and Apollo being brother and sister. The play consists of examples of love being shown between each set of brother and sister. What is a parallel and why do you think Euripides included this particular parallel in the story? Do you think either Artemis or Apollo was more sympathetic towards Orestes or Iphigenia because they had a similar relationship? Why or why not?

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