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

2. Why does the Nurse think Medea will refuse to exit her home?
(a) She is too angry.
(b) She doesn't really like the women of the chorus.
(c) She is afraid to go outside.
(d) She doesn't want anyone to see her tear-stained face.

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

4. Who did the Tutor overhear making plans?
(a) Creon.
(b) Jason.
(c) Aegeus.
(d) Medea.

5. What would the chorus like Medea to do when they first arrive?
(a) Find a way to revenge herself against her husband.
(b) Stop crying and tend her children.
(c) Come out so they can comfort her.
(d) Go back to her homeland and leave her children behind.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Nurse feel is best for people?

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

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

4. Why does Jason say dealing with Medea is hopeless?

5. What reaction does the Nurse have to Medea's pain?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is there any merit to Jason's justification of his behavior? Why or why not?

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 do you think Euripides introduces the Delphi oracle into the story?

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

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

6. What does the author mean with the quote "no other soul can hold so many thoughts of blood"?

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

8. What makes Medea's anger and despair seem so untoward to the Chorus?

9. What is the significance, in the first scene, of the Nurse urging the children to hide from their mother until her anger has passed?

10. 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.

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