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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 Jason say dealing with Medea is hopeless?
(a) She won't ever tell him what she really thinks.
(b) He can't understand her through her thick accent.
(c) She is too stubborn and outspoken.
(d) He loves her too much to hurt her.

2. How did Medea save Jason's life?
(a) She convinced him to stop adventuring away from home.
(b) She discovered a leak aboard the Argo that could have drowned him.
(c) She enabled him to get the Golden Fleece and escape alive.
(d) She killed a traitor among his men that was plotting his death.

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

4. Why does Medea think Jason is a coward?
(a) She was the only reason he got the Golden Fleece.
(b) He should have talked to her before going to another woman.
(c) He is too afraid of Creon to speak up for Medea.
(d) He wasn't willing to stand up for Medea with the other Greeks.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Medea think about the way women are treated by men in Greece?

2. What does the chorus tell Medea about men?

3. What is Jason's reaction to the plan involving Medea?

4. Who does Medea plan to take revenge against?

5. What does the chorus, after hearing Medea's plans, say about relations between men and women?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Medea's behavior support or work against the author's point about women being strong and independent?

2. The ode from the chorus after Medea's monologue seems a bit misplaced, as though they are not speaking about Medea at all. What do you think is the purpose of this choral piece?

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

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

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

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

7. Does the Nurse find Medea sympathetic? Why or why not?

8. What are the primary differences between Jason and Medea during their argument?

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

10. What function does the chorus of Corinthian women serve?

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