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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What reaction does the Nurse have to Medea's pain?
(a) She thinks Medea is too emotional.
(b) She pities Medea.
(c) She sympathizes but wants Medea to stop crying.
(d) She tells Medea it's her own fault.

2. 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 wants some time alone with the Tutor.
(c) She doesn't want them hearing more gossip about their parents.
(d) She is afraid Medea may take her anger out on them.

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

4. What prevents Creon from helping Medea or seeing her point of view?
(a) His desire to rid his kingdom of a foreign menace.
(b) His beliefs about women and their role in society.
(c) His strong friendship with Jason.
(d) His love for his daughter and desire to see her happy.

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

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

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

8. Who explains why Medea is crying to the chorus?
(a) The Nurse.
(b) The Tutor.
(c) The boys.
(d) Medea.

9. What two characters are getting divorced?
(a) Aegeus and Medea.
(b) Jason and Medea.
(c) Jason and Hecate.
(d) Medea and Creon.

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

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

12. What is Jason's reaction to the plan involving Medea?
(a) He is ready to go along with it.
(b) He is furious and stands up for his wife.
(c) He wants to come up with a better plan.
(d) He doesn't know what's being plotted.

13. Why doesn't Creon trust Medea's reasons for allowing her to stay?
(a) She sounds too angry to be able to live there peacefully.
(b) He has heard stories about her and thinks she is a liar.
(c) He thinks she is clever enough to be manipulative.
(d) They don't sound real to him.

14. In the time the play was written, what would the audience have typically known before coming to the theater?
(a) The names of the actors involved.
(b) When to applaud.
(c) The end of the story.
(d) The story of the play.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What prevents Medea from returning to her homeland?

2. What country is the myth of Medea from?

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

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

5. What has Jason agreed to do while Medea and her children are in exile?

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