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

2. Why is Medea being banished?
(a) She has had an affair and that is the punishment.
(b) Creon is afraid of her and what she'll do.
(c) Jason's new wife doesn't like having her around.
(d) Creon doesn't like her because she's a foreigner.

3. What does Medea think about the way women are treated by men in Greece?
(a) They are treated with the same tolerance as children.
(b) They are treated worse than slaves.
(c) They are treated very badly in general.
(d) They are treated well enough.

4. What prevents Creon from helping Medea or seeing her point of view?
(a) His strong friendship with Jason.
(b) His beliefs about women and their role in society.
(c) His desire to rid his kingdom of a foreign menace.
(d) His love for his daughter and desire to see her happy.

5. Medea longs to go to what place that she's forbidden to visit?
(a) Her homeland.
(b) Athens.
(c) Crete.
(d) Creon's palace.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the Nurse send the children inside after hearing the Tutor's news?

2. What does Jason offer Medea towards the end of their argument?

3. Why does Jason say dealing with Medea is hopeless?

4. Whom does Jason intend to marry?

5. Why does the author emphasize several times that Medea is a "stranger in a strange land"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Medea reacting truthfully during the entire fight, or is she setting Jason up for her ultimate revenge?

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

3. Analyze Medea's monologue in which she vacillates between killing her children and sparing their lives.

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

5. Do you think, with the chorus being so sympathetic to Medea, that it undercuts her claims that her life is more difficult because she is a foreigner? Why or why not?

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

7. What is significant about the Tutor's statement "that everyone loves himself more than his neighbor"?

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

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

10. Why does the author make sure to establish the fact that women are treated poorly by men?

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