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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Iphigenia enters the scene from the temple and is speaking with King Thoas in Part 5, what does she ask the Gods to guard them from?

2. In Part 6 of Iphigenia of Taurus, when Thoas asks the messenger how it is possible that Iphigenia is gone and why she is gone, what does the messenger tell him?

3. In Part 5, after Iphigenia tells King Thoas what the citizens of the city must do, what does she tell him must be shunned?

4. When King Thoas learns what the young strangers have done, who does he claim would recoil from that type of action?

5. What is the first thing Iphigenia requests of King Thoas when beginning with the purification ritual after she finishes explaining the need for the ritual?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Iphigenia in Taurus, we begin by learning of Iphigenia's terrible past and the fact that her own father gave her up for a sacrifice. After we learn of Orestes' and Pylades' capture, we again hear from Iphigenia as she recounts the events of her childhood in more detail. Why do you think Euripides included another telling of Iphigenia's horrible past? Do you think this makes the reader more prone to feel sorry for Iphigenia and want her to succeed in her escape? Why or why not? Do you think a reader would already feel connected enough to Iphigenia after her first telling of her past, or do you think the second instance was really needed to commit readers to compassion for her character?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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