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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who is Agamemnon's grandfather?
2. In Part 5, what does Iphigenia tell King Thoas washes "clean all the foulness of mankind"?
3. When the messenger finishes telling the Chorus about the two young men, what do they tell the messenger concerning the King?
4. When the Chorus is speaking in the beginning of Part 6, what is the second stanza of the poem called?
5. What does King Thoas tell Iphigenia he thinks the young strangers have done?
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
Throughout the story of Iphigenia in Taurus there is a theme of family. We can see Iphigenia's love for her family through her sorrow, pain, and joy. What moments in the story bring Iphigenia sorrow, pain, and misery concerning her family? What parts in the story bring Iphigenia joy concerning her family? Use specific examples from the story to support your answers. Why do you think family is so important to Iphigenia? Do you think the love of her family has grown more because of her absence? Why or why not.
Essay Topic 3
The play, Iphigenia in Taurus, takes place during the space of only a day. Even though the story takes place during only one day, do you feel like the characters and setting were established enough to interest you as a reader? If so, how were the characters developed enough to interest and involve you as a reader? Why do you think Euripides chose to only have the story take place during such a short time period? Is time at all important in the play, or does the time frame really not affect the outcome of the story? Explain your answers by using examples from the play.
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