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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 the chorus tell Medea about men?
(a) They are never satisfied with just one woman.
(b) They tend to stray but always come back.
(c) They are dangerous to love.
(d) They betray women all the time.

2. What does Jason offer Medea towards the end of their argument?
(a) A golden ring to sell for money.
(b) An opportunity to stay in the city.
(c) Money to support herself and the children.
(d) Nothing.

3. What supernatural ability is Medea said to have?
(a) She is able to read thoughts and project her own.
(b) It's not specifically said, but she is called a witch.
(c) The ability to foretell and change the future.
(d) The ability to curse people to die horribly.

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

5. Why does the author emphasize several times that Medea is a "stranger in a strange land"?
(a) It makes her character more sympathetic.
(b) It reveals that Jason probably left her due to cultural differences.
(c) It shows that she might not understand that murder is illegal.
(d) It makes it easier to see why she doesn't have many friends.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Medea claim she is refusing Jason's money?

2. Who does Medea curse when she hears the news about the plans for her and her children?

3. What characters interrupt the Nurse's monologue?

4. What plans are made regarding Medea in order to facilitate the wedding?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe how the princess and Creon die.

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

6. What makes Medea's comment about Jason living as a nobody particularly cutting?

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

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

9. Why do you think the chorus is made entirely of Corinthian women?

10. Why does Medea doubt her ability to trust Aegeus?

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