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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. What does Jason say he has done on Medea's behalf?
(a) Taken her from a barbaric land.
(b) Encouraged the neighbors to befriend her.
(c) Tried to intercede with Creon.
(d) Convinced his new wife Medea is harmless.

2. What will happen if Medea and her children are in Corinth at sunrise in two days?
(a) Jason will have to claim them as his family.
(b) They will be killed.
(c) They will be forcibly banished.
(d) They will be allowed to stay for the festival.

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

4. Why does Medea claim she is refusing Jason's money?
(a) Money gained from a bad man is no good.
(b) She can provide adequately for herself.
(c) He doesn't have enough to give her.
(d) She can get money from her family instead.

5. Why does Jason claim Medea should think his plan is good?
(a) It will provide funds for her and her children.
(b) She will be able to travel like she always wanted.
(c) It will free her up to pursue love elsewhere.
(d) She would like it if love weren't a factor.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who explains why Medea is crying to the chorus?

2. Medea longs to go to what place that she's forbidden to visit?

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

4. What bargain does Medea strike with Creon?

5. Which character caused Medea's rage?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe how the princess and Creon die.

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

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

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. How is Jason's behavior different the second time he speaks with Medea?

8. 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?

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

10. What is revealed in the argument between Medea and Jason about who loved their children more?

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