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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Medea think Jason is a coward?
(a) She was the only reason he got the Golden Fleece.
(b) He is too afraid of Creon to speak up for Medea.
(c) He wasn't willing to stand up for Medea with the other Greeks.
(d) He should have talked to her before going to another woman.

2. 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.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Medea being banished?

2. What does the chorus express about Medea's anger toward Jason?

3. What was Jason's mission when he and Medea met?

4. What does Jason claim motivated him to leave Medea for the princess?

5. What does Medea think about Jason's argument for his actions?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think Aegeus will keep his oath to Medea if she kills everyone she plans to kill, and then seeks refuge in his land?

2. Medea is clearly a very proud character, so what do you think motivates her to beg Creon on her knees for more time before being forced into exile?

3. Why do you think Euripides chooses to portray Jason as completely cavalier to the effect of his behavior on Medea?

4. What function does the chorus of Corinthian women serve?

5. What happens that enables Medea to put her plans into action?

6. Why does the chorus have pity for the princess? Is it justified by the text?

7. Why does Jason think his life is over?

8. Why does Medea doubt her ability to trust Aegeus?

9. Is Medea reacting truthfully during the entire fight, or is she setting Jason up for her ultimate revenge?

10. Why is it significant that Medea is overcome with tears when she puts the children's hands into Jason's?

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