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

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

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

4. What choice does Jason claim Medea will regret in the future?
(a) Refusing his money.
(b) Staying in a kingdom nearby.
(c) Arranging to go back to her homeland.
(d) Threatening the King.

5. Who orders Medea to leave with her children?
(a) The Nurse.
(b) Jason.
(c) Creon.
(d) Aegeus.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the chorus express about Medea's anger toward Jason?

2. Why is Medea being banished?

3. According to the chorus, what does excessive love bring?

4. What is the Nurse's reaction when she learns what Jason thinks about the plan involving Medea?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think the messenger means when he says the princess "smiled at the lifeless image of herself" in the mirror?

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

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

4. Is there any indication that, as Medea claims, the gods know the crimes Jason has committed against her?

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

6. Does the descriptions of the poison's effect lend credence to the idea that it was magical in nature?

7. Why is Medea's position as an outsider in Corinth so important to her and the chorus?

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

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. Why does the chorus have pity for the princess? Is it justified by the text?

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