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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. Which character caused Medea's rage?
(a) Jason.
(b) Aegeus.
(c) Creon.
(d) The Nurse.

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

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

4. What does the chorus express about Medea's anger toward Jason?
(a) That it won't accomplish anything.
(b) That it will give her the strength to survive.
(c) That it's perfectly appropriate.
(d) That he isn't worth it.

5. Who does Medea curse when she hears the news about the plans for her and her children?
(a) Creon and his daughter.
(b) Aegeus and Jason.
(c) Jason and his lover.
(d) Jason and her children.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jason offer Medea towards the end of their argument?

2. What two characters are getting divorced?

3. In the time the play was written, what would the audience have typically known before coming to the theater?

4. Why is Medea being banished?

5. Why does the Nurse think Medea will refuse to exit her home?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Aegeus say Medea must make it to his kingdom on her own?

2. 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.

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

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

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

6. Medea is clearly a very proud character, so what do you think motivates her to beg Creon on her knees for more time before being forced into exile?

7. What motivates Medea to take her revenge further than killing Jason's bride?

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

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

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