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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Medea promise she won't hurt Creon?
(a) He has been a friend to her and she wouldn't betray his trust.
(b) She is afraid of him and his soldiers.
(c) He is too powerful and if she tried she would surely fail.
(d) He is only a father giving away his daughter to a good man.

2. Why does Medea say Creon's mercy was foolish?
(a) One day isn't enough time for her to take care of her children.
(b) Showing mercy is a sign of weakness.
(c) One day is enough time to exact her revenge.
(d) It gives her enough time to break up Jason and his new wife.

3. What has Creon's experience been with showing mercy?
(a) It gets him into trouble.
(b) It makes him look weak.
(c) It yields large rewards in terms of public opinion.
(d) It makes him many new friends.

4. What two characters are getting divorced?
(a) Jason and Medea.
(b) Medea and Creon.
(c) Aegeus and Medea.
(d) Jason and Hecate.

5. Which character caused Medea's rage?
(a) Jason.
(b) Aegeus.
(c) Creon.
(d) The Nurse.

6. Why would Medea like the gods to place a mark on men?
(a) To distinguish those that can be trusted from those that can't.
(b) To denote their status as lower than women.
(c) To prevent them from telling lies.
(d) To remind women none is trustworthy.

7. Why does the Nurse send the children inside after hearing the Tutor's news?
(a) She doesn't want them hearing more gossip about their parents.
(b) It is time for their baths before supper.
(c) She is afraid Medea may take her anger out on them.
(d) She wants some time alone with the Tutor.

8. Why does Jason claim Medea should think his plan is good?
(a) She would like it if love weren't a factor.
(b) It will provide funds for her and her children.
(c) It will free her up to pursue love elsewhere.
(d) She will be able to travel like she always wanted.

9. Why does Medea believe Jason looked for another woman?
(a) They are no longer intimate.
(b) He isn't able to have more children with Medea.
(c) He is embarrassed by Medea.
(d) He wants to marry into money.

10. Who appears to check on Medea after hearing her cries?
(a) Jason.
(b) Medea's children.
(c) Aegeus.
(d) The chorus.

11. Why does Medea feel immigrant women need to work particularly hard?
(a) They are looked down on as second-class citizens.
(b) They are never fully welcome or at home.
(c) They don't have the same rights as citizens.
(d) They don't know the language and have to overcome the barrier.

12. What has Jason agreed to do while Medea and her children are in exile?
(a) Send letters to Medea's relatives to see if they'll help her.
(b) Abstain from having more children.
(c) Forget about them as if they never existed.
(d) Support them financially.

13. Why does Medea first consent to leave her home and meet with the chorus?
(a) She is afraid if she stays inside any longer she will go mad.
(b) It's important to foreigners to keep up good relations with the locals.
(c) She wants to find out if they have information about where to find Jason.
(d) She needs friends to comfort her and help her plan for the future.

14. What characters interrupt the Nurse's monologue?
(a) The Tutor and children.
(b) Aegeus and Creon.
(c) Jason and his lover.
(d) Creon and his daughter.

15. How does Medea plan to exact her revenge?
(a) Knife.
(b) Poison.
(c) Hired assassin.
(d) Acid trap.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Nurse fear at the beginning of the play?

2. What stands in the way of Medea enacting her plans immediately?

3. Who does Medea plan to take revenge against?

4. What does Medea say about the value of being clever?

5. Why does Medea think Jason is a coward?

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