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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. What does Jason believe Medea gained by coming to his homeland?
(a) Money and Fame.
(b) Pain and Misfortune.
(c) Civilization and Honor.
(d) Status and Prestige.

2. Who does Medea plan to take revenge against?
(a) Jason, the Nurse, and the Tutor.
(b) Jason, his new wife, and Creon.
(c) Her children, Creon and Aegeus.
(d) The Nurse, Jason, and the chorus.

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

4. What has Jason said is his intent with regard to his children?
(a) He intends to move them in with him and his new wife.
(b) He doesn't intend to help support them.
(c) He wants them to be shipped back to Medea's homeland.
(d) He wants to send them away for military training.

5. 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 killed.
(d) They will be allowed to stay for the festival.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Medea think women generally feel?

2. What would the chorus like Medea to do when they first arrive?

3. Why does the author emphasize several times that Medea is a "stranger in a strange land"?

4. What makes Creon sympathetic as a character?

5. What prevents Creon from helping Medea or seeing her point of view?

Short Essay Questions

1. What similarities are evident in the characters of Jason and Medea?

2. Why do you think the author spends so much time focusing on the sounds of pain from Medea, rather than just the rage over her betrayal?

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

4. Why would Medea believe that Jason was embarrassed by her?

5. What literary function does the Nurse serve by opening the play?

6. Given that the audience would typically know the story before going to a play, why do you think the author chose to begin the play with heavy exposition?

7. How does the King of Corinth model the theme of selfishness that Euripides introduces in the first scene?

8. Describe how the princess and Creon die.

9. Does Jason's sudden concern for his children in the final scene seem consistent with the rest of the play? Why or why not?

10. Medea comments that the only thing stronger than her sorrow is her fury. Is the author making a point here about women in general, or is this merely the character affirming the decision she has made?

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