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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who orders Medea to leave with her children?
(a) Creon.
(b) Aegeus.
(c) Jason.
(d) The Nurse.

2. What does the chorus express about Medea's anger toward Jason?
(a) That it won't accomplish anything.
(b) That he isn't worth it.
(c) That it will give her the strength to survive.
(d) That it's perfectly appropriate.

3. 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 well enough.
(d) They are treated worse than slaves.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. Whom does Jason intend to marry?
(a) Aegeus's sister.
(b) Medea's cousin.
(c) Hecate.
(d) Creon's daughter.

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

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

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

15. How did Medea save Jason's life?
(a) She killed a traitor among his men that was plotting his death.
(b) She enabled him to get the Golden Fleece and escape alive.
(c) She discovered a leak aboard the Argo that could have drowned him.
(d) She convinced him to stop adventuring away from home.

Short Answer Questions

1. What bargain does Medea strike with Creon?

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

3. Why does Jason claim Medea should think his plan is good?

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

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

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