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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Medea think women generally feel?
(a) Fearful and defenseless.
(b) Comforted and happy.
(c) Happy and maternal.
(d) Fearful and vengeful.

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

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

4. Why does Medea claim she is refusing Jason's money?
(a) Money gained from a bad man is no good.
(b) She can provide adequately for herself.
(c) He doesn't have enough to give her.
(d) She can get money from her family instead.

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

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

7. Why does the Nurse send the children inside after hearing the Tutor's news?
(a) It is time for their baths before supper.
(b) She is afraid Medea may take her anger out on them.
(c) She doesn't want them hearing more gossip about their parents.
(d) She wants some time alone with the Tutor.

8. What bargain does Medea strike with Creon?
(a) That she can stay as a servant to Creon.
(b) That she can stay one more day.
(c) That her children must leave but she can stay.
(d) That she doesn't have to leave for a year.

9. What attitude does Jason have towards Medea when he appears?
(a) Concerned.
(b) Loving.
(c) Angry.
(d) Contemptuous.

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

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

12. Why does Medea first consent to leave her home and meet with the chorus?
(a) She wants to find out if they have information about where to find Jason.
(b) It's important to foreigners to keep up good relations with the locals.
(c) She is afraid if she stays inside any longer she will go mad.
(d) She needs friends to comfort her and help her plan for the future.

13. Who does Medea curse when she hears the news about the plans for her and her children?
(a) Jason and her children.
(b) Creon and his daughter.
(c) Jason and his lover.
(d) Aegeus and Jason.

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

15. Why does Medea promise she won't hurt Creon?
(a) He is only a father giving away his daughter to a good man.
(b) He is too powerful and if she tried she would surely fail.
(c) He has been a friend to her and she wouldn't betray his trust.
(d) She is afraid of him and his soldiers.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Medea think Jason is a coward?

2. What does the Nurse fear at the beginning of the play?

3. What will happen if Medea and her children are in Corinth at sunrise in two days?

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

5. Who is the first character to appear in the play?

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