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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What stands in the way of Medea enacting her plans immediately?
(a) She has to take the time to prepare mentally.
(b) She needs to collect special herbs by moonlight.
(c) She can't get to her victims in the dark and must wait until morning.
(d) She needs a place to go afterwards.

3. What does Jason say he has done on Medea's behalf?
(a) Convinced his new wife Medea is harmless.
(b) Taken her from a barbaric land.
(c) Tried to intercede with Creon.
(d) Encouraged the neighbors to befriend her.

4. What prevents Creon from helping Medea or seeing her point of view?
(a) His beliefs about women and their role in society.
(b) His love for his daughter and desire to see her happy.
(c) His desire to rid his kingdom of a foreign menace.
(d) His strong friendship with Jason.

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

6. What choice does Jason claim Medea will regret in the future?
(a) Staying in a kingdom nearby.
(b) Arranging to go back to her homeland.
(c) Threatening the King.
(d) Refusing his money.

7. When did Medea kill for Jason?
(a) Aboard the Argo when they were attacked by sirens.
(b) Several times throughout their marriage.
(c) When he was trying to escape with the Golden Fleece.
(d) Just before their first child was born.

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

9. What is the purpose of the first section of the play?
(a) To offer background information.
(b) To introduce every character in the play.
(c) To apologize for any parts the audience may not like.
(d) To make the audience laugh before the tragedy begins.

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

11. According to the chorus, what does excessive love bring?
(a) Dangerous passion and foolishness.
(b) Pain for everyone involved.
(c) Destruction of reason.
(d) Either great happiness or great despair.

12. What makes Creon sympathetic as a character?
(a) His love for his daughter.
(b) His struggle to be compassionate.
(c) His desire to rule his people fairly.
(d) His being victimized for something he didn't do.

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

14. What does Medea say about the value of being clever?
(a) That it is the most important skill to get by in life and survive in a strange land.
(b) That it hasn't helped her very much, earning her enemies rather than friends.
(c) That it is something women learn from birth in order to survive the men they meet.
(d) That it is on par with being moral, and only matters in the eye of the beholder.

15. What goddess does Medea invoke as she plans her revenge?
(a) Aphrodite.
(b) Hera.
(c) Artemis.
(d) Hecate.

Short Answer Questions

1. What theme, central to the play, does the chorus frequently reiterate?

2. What does Medea think about Jason's argument for his actions?

3. After the chorus first arrives, what prayer does Medea send to the gods?

4. Why does Medea feel immigrant women need to work particularly hard?

5. What does Creon, despite his actions, believe compassion leads to?

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