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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Jason claim motivated him to leave Medea for the princess?
(a) It's the only way for him to advance socially.
(b) He needs money to pay his debts.
(c) A desire to better support his family.
(d) He wants a prettier wife.

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

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

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

6. 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 well enough.
(c) They are treated with the same tolerance as children.
(d) They are treated worse than slaves.

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

8. What did Medea persuade the king's daughters to do in order to let Jason leave with the Fleece?
(a) Lie to the town police.
(b) Kill their father.
(c) Bribe an official to let him out of the city.
(d) Help Jason hide from the guards.

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

10. What does the chorus, after hearing Medea's plans, say about relations between men and women?
(a) That women should stop expecting more than is realistic from men.
(b) That men should be careful of the wrath of women.
(c) That men look out for women as best they can.
(d) That women are frequently wronged by men.

11. Who does Medea plan to take revenge against?
(a) The Nurse, Jason, and the chorus.
(b) Her children, Creon and Aegeus.
(c) Jason, the Nurse, and the Tutor.
(d) Jason, his new wife, and Creon.

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

13. What does Medea think about Jason's argument for his actions?
(a) He could have had a mistress without getting a divorce.
(b) He is doing what he needs to save his honor.
(c) He is just making excuses for his bad behavior.
(d) He has a point about getting more money.

14. What are the women of this play communally struggling against?
(a) The desire to kill men for their betrayals.
(b) The ability to be a good mother while having to work.
(c) The prejudices against women in ancient Greece.
(d) The balance between independence and homemaking.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jason believe Medea gained by coming to his homeland?

2. Which character caused Medea's rage?

3. What does the chorus comment that they can hear in Medea's cries?

4. Why would Medea like the gods to place a mark on men?

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

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