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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 word best describes Medea's emotional reaction to Creon?
(a) Apathy.
(b) Anger.
(c) Contempt.
(d) Glee.

2. Why does Medea first consent to leave her home and meet with the chorus?
(a) It's important to foreigners to keep up good relations with the locals.
(b) She is afraid if she stays inside any longer she will go mad.
(c) She wants to find out if they have information about where to find Jason.
(d) She needs friends to comfort her and help her plan for the future.

3. What did Medea persuade the king's daughters to do in order to let Jason leave with the Fleece?
(a) Lie to the town police.
(b) Kill their father.
(c) Help Jason hide from the guards.
(d) Bribe an official to let him out of the city.

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

5. What does Medea think about women who have been wronged by a lover?
(a) They are capable of extreme violence.
(b) They are at fault for not pleasing their man.
(c) They are weak victims that need protection.
(d) They need support from the government to get by.

Short Answer Questions

1. What function does the chorus's ode serve after the fight between Medea and Creon?

2. Why does Medea have no choice but to trust Jason?

3. Why does the Nurse send the children inside after hearing the Tutor's news?

4. What does the chorus tell Medea about men?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why do you think the chorus is made entirely of Corinthian women?

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

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

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

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

7. Is Creon's naming of Medea as a "clever witch" supposed to be taken literally or figuratively?

8. Do you think, with the chorus being so sympathetic to Medea, that it undercuts her claims that her life is more difficult because she is a foreigner? Why or why not?

9. How does Creon's compassion set up a contrast against the behavior of the protagonist?

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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