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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. How does Medea think women generally feel?
(a) Comforted and happy.
(b) Fearful and defenseless.
(c) Fearful and vengeful.
(d) Happy and maternal.

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

3. What does Jason think influences women's judgment?
(a) The warmth and intimacy of love..
(b) Their inability to see reason.
(c) The sun, the moon, and the tides of the sea.
(d) Other women and children.

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. What has Jason agreed to do while Medea and her children are in exile?
(a) Forget about them as if they never existed.
(b) Support them financially.
(c) Abstain from having more children.
(d) Send letters to Medea's relatives to see if they'll help her.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Medea have no choice but to trust Jason?

2. What supernatural ability is Medea said to have?

3. Why doesn't Creon trust Medea's reasons for allowing her to stay?

4. Why would Medea like the gods to place a mark on men?

5. What prevents Medea from returning to her homeland?

Short Essay Questions

1. Knowing her plans for her children, why do you think Medea asks Jason to beg Creon to allow them to stay?

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

3. Medea comments that the only thing stronger than her sorrow is her fury. Is the author making a point here about women in general, or is this merely the character affirming the decision she has made?

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

5. 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?

6. What does the argument between Jason and Medea reveal about their marriage?

7. What does the author mean with the quote "no other soul can hold so many thoughts of blood"?

8. Describe how the princess and Creon die.

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

10. Why do you think Euripides introduces the Delphi oracle into the story?

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