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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 have no choice but to trust Jason?
(a) He is the only person that speaks her language.
(b) He can get her out of the country alive.
(c) She needs to provide for her children.
(d) A spell was placed on him that makes him tell the truth.

2. What does Medea say about the value of being clever?
(a) That it is the most important skill to get by in life and survive in a strange land.
(b) That it is on par with being moral, and only matters in the eye of the beholder.
(c) That it hasn't helped her very much, earning her enemies rather than friends.
(d) That it is something women learn from birth in order to survive the men they meet.

3. What does the chorus, after hearing Medea's plans, say about relations between men and women?
(a) That men look out for women as best they can.
(b) That women are frequently wronged by men.
(c) That women should stop expecting more than is realistic from men.
(d) That men should be careful of the wrath of women.

4. Medea longs to go to what place that she's forbidden to visit?
(a) Creon's palace.
(b) Her homeland.
(c) Crete.
(d) Athens.

5. Why does Medea say Creon's mercy was foolish?
(a) It gives her enough time to break up Jason and his new wife.
(b) One day is enough time to exact her revenge.
(c) One day isn't enough time for her to take care of her children.
(d) Showing mercy is a sign of weakness.

Short Answer Questions

1. What bargain does Medea strike with Creon?

2. What makes Creon sympathetic as a character?

3. What has Jason said is his intent with regard to his children?

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

5. Why does Medea claim she is refusing Jason's money?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the purpose of the chorus ending the play by commenting on the mysterious ways of the gods?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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