Short Essay Questions Key
1. What literary function does the Nurse serve by opening the play?
2. Does the Nurse find Medea sympathetic? Why or why not?
3. Why does the King of Corinth think it is a good idea to send Medea into exile?
4. Given that the audience would typically know the story before going to a play, why do you think the author chose to begin the play with heavy exposition?
5. What is significant about the Tutor's statement "that everyone loves himself more than his neighbor"?
6. How does the King of Corinth model the theme of selfishness that Euripides introduces in the first scene?
7. What is the significance, in the first scene, of the Nurse urging the children to hide from their mother until her anger has passed?
8. What function does the chorus of Corinthian women serve?
9. What makes Medea's anger and despair seem so untoward to the Chorus?
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