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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why does the author emphasize several times that Medea is a "stranger in a strange land"?
(a) It reveals that Jason probably left her due to cultural differences.
(b) It shows that she might not understand that murder is illegal.
(c) It makes it easier to see why she doesn't have many friends.
(d) It makes her character more sympathetic.

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

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

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

6. What does the Nurse fear at the beginning of the play?
(a) She will lose her job in the divorce.
(b) Medea will take violent revenge.
(c) The children will be upset when they see their parents fighting.
(d) Jason will kill Medea for being too contrary.

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

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

9. 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 wants to send them away for military training.
(c) He doesn't intend to help support them.
(d) He intends to move them in with him and his new wife.

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

11. What plans are made regarding Medea in order to facilitate the wedding?
(a) To execute her on false charges.
(b) To set her up in a country estate she may not leave.
(c) To banish her to a nunnery.
(d) To send her and her children into exile.

12. Medea longs to go to what place that she's forbidden to visit?
(a) Her homeland.
(b) Creon's palace.
(c) Athens.
(d) Crete.

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

14. What does Creon, despite his actions, believe compassion leads to?
(a) Revenge.
(b) Happiness.
(c) Popularity.
(d) Suffering.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What prevents Creon from helping Medea or seeing her point of view?

2. How does Medea plan to exact her revenge?

3. Why does Jason say dealing with Medea is hopeless?

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

5. Why does Medea promise she won't hurt Creon?

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