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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who does Iphigenia tell the King that the young strangers told her was prospering and alive?
2. In Part 6 of Iphigenia of Taurus, who says "that purification was a trick"?
3. When Orestes and Iphigenia are working out a plan to deliver the letter in Part 4 of Iphigenia in Taurus, who does Orestes ask Iphigenia about, wondering if they will consent to letting Pylades go?
4. When Iphigenia is speaking with King Thoas about the image moving, she tells him that something else happened as well as the movement. What else does Iphigenia say happened with the image?
5. When Orestes speaks of appearing in court for killing his mother, where does he say the court met?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
During the play, Iphigenia in Taurus, we read descriptions of objects and places, but there aren't too many detailed descriptions of what the characters actually look like physically. Do you think this causes any problems as a reader of the play? Why or why not? Were you, as a reader, able to picture the characters in your mind without much need of a description? Why or why not? Do character descriptions not really matter in this type of literature? Why do you think Euripides wrote the play this way? Do you think character descriptions could have taken away from the essence of Iphigenia in Taurus? If so, how? Use specific examples from the play to support your ideas and thoughts.
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
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?
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