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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 can get her out of the country alive.
(b) He is the only person that speaks her language.
(c) She needs to provide for her children.
(d) A spell was placed on him that makes him tell the truth.

2. What has Creon's experience been with showing mercy?
(a) It gets him into trouble.
(b) It yields large rewards in terms of public opinion.
(c) It makes him look weak.
(d) It makes him many new friends.

3. When did Medea kill for Jason?
(a) When he was trying to escape with the Golden Fleece.
(b) Several times throughout their marriage.
(c) Just before their first child was born.
(d) Aboard the Argo when they were attacked by sirens.

4. What does Jason claim motivated him to leave Medea for the princess?
(a) He needs money to pay his debts.
(b) He wants a prettier wife.
(c) A desire to better support his family.
(d) It's the only way for him to advance socially.

5. What is the Tutor's belief about people?
(a) They are good at heart and want to help others.
(b) They all love themselves more than others.
(c) They generally are just trying to get along without trouble.
(d) They want to find personal peace at whatever cost.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the women of this play communally struggling against?

2. What was Jason's mission when he and Medea met?

3. What does Jason believe Medea gained by coming to his homeland?

4. What does the chorus comment that they can hear in Medea's cries?

5. Who did the Tutor overhear making plans?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Is there any merit to Jason's justification of his behavior? Why or why not?

4. Why do you think the author spends so much time focusing on the sounds of pain from Medea, rather than just the rage over her betrayal?

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

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

7. How does the King of Corinth model the theme of selfishness that Euripides introduces in the first scene?

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

9. Why is it significant that Medea is overcome with tears when she puts the children's hands into Jason's?

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

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