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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What will happen if Medea and her children are in Corinth at sunrise in two days?
(a) They will be allowed to stay for the festival.
(b) They will be forcibly banished.
(c) Jason will have to claim them as his family.
(d) They will be killed.

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

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

4. What attitude does Jason have towards Medea when he appears?
(a) Loving.
(b) Contemptuous.
(c) Concerned.
(d) Angry.

5. Why does Medea claim she is refusing Jason's money?
(a) Money gained from a bad man is no good.
(b) She can get money from her family instead.
(c) She can provide adequately for herself.
(d) He doesn't have enough to give her.

6. What is the Tutor's belief about people?
(a) They are good at heart and want to help others.
(b) They generally are just trying to get along without trouble.
(c) They want to find personal peace at whatever cost.
(d) They all love themselves more than others.

7. To whom does the Nurse say Medea cries for comfort?
(a) Creon.
(b) The servants.
(c) Her children.
(d) The gods.

8. What does the chorus tell Medea about men?
(a) They are dangerous to love.
(b) They betray women all the time.
(c) They tend to stray but always come back.
(d) They are never satisfied with just one woman.

9. What character has the strongest position in Part 3?
(a) Jason.
(b) Aegeus.
(c) Creon.
(d) Medea.

10. What does Medea think about the way women are treated by men in Greece?
(a) They are treated very badly in general.
(b) They are treated with the same tolerance as children.
(c) They are treated worse than slaves.
(d) They are treated well enough.

11. What is Jason's reaction to the plan involving Medea?
(a) He is ready to go along with it.
(b) He wants to come up with a better plan.
(c) He is furious and stands up for his wife.
(d) He doesn't know what's being plotted.

12. Why doesn't Creon trust Medea's reasons for allowing her to stay?
(a) He has heard stories about her and thinks she is a liar.
(b) She sounds too angry to be able to live there peacefully.
(c) He thinks she is clever enough to be manipulative.
(d) They don't sound real to him.

13. Why is Medea being banished?
(a) Creon is afraid of her and what she'll do.
(b) Jason's new wife doesn't like having her around.
(c) Creon doesn't like her because she's a foreigner.
(d) She has had an affair and that is the punishment.

14. What theme, central to the play, does the chorus frequently reiterate?
(a) That children are weapons against a mother.
(b) That women cannot be trusted.
(c) That men always betray women.
(d) That marriages are doomed to fail.

15. What does the chorus do when they learn of Medea's plans for revenge?
(a) Argue with Medea about her plans.
(b) Protest that she is out of her mind.
(c) Promise to keep them secret.
(d) Send someone to warn the King.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Nurse's reaction when she learns what Jason thinks about the plan involving Medea?

2. How does Medea think women generally feel?

3. Why is Medea glad to see Jason at first?

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

5. Who appears to check on Medea after hearing her cries?

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