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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Medea think Jason is a coward?
(a) He is too afraid of Creon to speak up for Medea.
(b) He should have talked to her before going to another woman.
(c) He wasn't willing to stand up for Medea with the other Greeks.
(d) She was the only reason he got the Golden Fleece.

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

3. Why does the Nurse think Medea will refuse to exit her home?
(a) She doesn't want anyone to see her tear-stained face.
(b) She doesn't really like the women of the chorus.
(c) She is afraid to go outside.
(d) She is too angry.

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

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

6. What has Jason said is his intent with regard to his children?
(a) He wants them to be shipped back to Medea's homeland.
(b) He doesn't intend to help support them.
(c) He wants to send them away for military training.
(d) He intends to move them in with him and his new wife.

7. Who did the Tutor overhear making plans?
(a) Medea.
(b) Aegeus.
(c) Jason.
(d) Creon.

8. What would the chorus like Medea to do when they first arrive?
(a) Go back to her homeland and leave her children behind.
(b) Find a way to revenge herself against her husband.
(c) Stop crying and tend her children.
(d) Come out so they can comfort her.

9. What country is the myth of Medea from?
(a) Carthage.
(b) Sparta.
(c) Turkey.
(d) Greece.

10. What prevents Medea from returning to her homeland?
(a) She is forbidden from returning by Creon.
(b) Her pride.
(c) She is a criminal there.
(d) There is no ship that will go there.

11. What is the Nurse's reaction when she learns what Jason thinks about the plan involving Medea?
(a) She is upset for Medea.
(b) She is surprised.
(c) She is enraged.
(d) She doesn't really care.

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

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

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

15. Why does Jason say Medea is lucky?
(a) She doesn't have to worry about how to provide for a family.
(b) She has two children to take with her so she won't be lonely.
(c) He thinks she should be executed for threatening the King.
(d) Her husband is still willing to provide for her when she leaves.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Medea being banished?

2. What does Jason claim motivated him to leave Medea for the princess?

3. Whom does Jason intend to marry?

4. Who does Medea curse when she hears the news about the plans for her and her children?

5. Which character caused Medea's rage?

(see the answer keys)

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