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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 the Nurse think Medea will refuse to exit her home?
(a) She doesn't want anyone to see her tear-stained face.
(b) She is afraid to go outside.
(c) She is too angry.
(d) She doesn't really like the women of the chorus.

2. What characters interrupt the Nurse's monologue?
(a) The Tutor and children.
(b) Jason and his lover.
(c) Creon and his daughter.
(d) Aegeus and Creon.

3. 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.

4. What does Jason believe Medea gained by coming to his homeland?
(a) Pain and Misfortune.
(b) Money and Fame.
(c) Status and Prestige.
(d) Civilization and Honor.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which character caused Medea's rage?

2. What does Jason think influences women's judgment?

3. What does the Nurse feel is best for people?

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

5. What attitude does Jason have towards Medea when he appears?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. Describe how the princess and Creon die.

7. Given that the audience would typically know the story before going to a play, why do you think the author chose to begin the play with heavy exposition?

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

9. 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?

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

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