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

2. What does Creon, despite his actions, believe compassion leads to?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Suffering.
(c) Revenge.
(d) Popularity.

3. What does Medea think about the way women are treated by men in Greece?
(a) They are treated with the same tolerance as children.
(b) They are treated worse than slaves.
(c) They are treated very badly in general.
(d) They are treated well enough.

4. 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.

5. Who appears to check on Medea after hearing her cries?
(a) Medea's children.
(b) Jason.
(c) The chorus.
(d) Aegeus.

Short Answer Questions

1. What goddess does Medea invoke as she plans her revenge?

2. What character has the strongest position in Part 3?

3. Who did the Tutor overhear making plans?

4. What country is the myth of Medea from?

5. Why does Medea feel immigrant women need to work particularly hard?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Jason's behavior different the second time he speaks with Medea?

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

3. It could be said that Medea represents a type of "Everywoman" as she comes to terms with her feelings over her husband's betrayal - do you agree or disagree with this assertion? Explain why.

4. Why do you think Euripides introduces the Delphi oracle into the story?

5. Based on their conversation, do you find Medea's anger more justified? Why or why not?

6. Why does Jason think his life is over?

7. Do you agree or disagree with Creon's decision to banish Medea? Why or why not?

8. 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?

9. Knowing her plans for her children, why do you think Medea asks Jason to beg Creon to allow them to stay?

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

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