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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 feel immigrant women need to work particularly hard?
(a) They don't have the same rights as citizens.
(b) They are never fully welcome or at home.
(c) They are looked down on as second-class citizens.
(d) They don't know the language and have to overcome the barrier.

2. Why is Medea glad to see Jason at first?
(a) Because she needs his advice on where to go.
(b) So she can finally vent her anger in person.
(c) She wants the opportunity to kill him face-to-face.
(d) She thinks she can convince him to come back to her.

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

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

5. Why does Jason say dealing with Medea is hopeless?
(a) He can't understand her through her thick accent.
(b) He loves her too much to hurt her.
(c) She is too stubborn and outspoken.
(d) She won't ever tell him what she really thinks.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who orders Medea to leave with her children?

2. How does Medea think women generally feel?

3. What does Jason believe Medea gained by coming to his homeland?

4. Who does Medea curse when she hears the news about the plans for her and her children?

5. What stands in the way of Medea enacting her plans immediately?

Short Essay Questions

1. Analyze Medea's monologue in which she vacillates between killing her children and sparing their lives.

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 would people want to harm the children for Medea's crimes?

4. 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?

5. Do you think Medea gains or loses sympathy during her scene with the messenger? Why?

6. The ode from the chorus after Medea's monologue seems a bit misplaced, as though they are not speaking about Medea at all. What do you think is the purpose of this choral piece?

7. What is significant about the way Creon encountered the poison?

8. Why does Medea refuse to give Jason the bodies of their children?

9. Does Aegeus have all the information he needs before he swears an oath to Medea? Explain.

10. Why does the author make sure to establish the fact that women are treated poorly by men?

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