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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 Medea promise she won't hurt Creon?
(a) He is only a father giving away his daughter to a good man.
(b) He is too powerful and if she tried she would surely fail.
(c) She is afraid of him and his soldiers.
(d) He has been a friend to her and she wouldn't betray his trust.

2. What stands in the way of Medea enacting her plans immediately?
(a) She needs to collect special herbs by moonlight.
(b) She has to take the time to prepare mentally.
(c) She needs a place to go afterwards.
(d) She can't get to her victims in the dark and must wait until morning.

3. Who appears to check on Medea after hearing her cries?
(a) Medea's children.
(b) The chorus.
(c) Jason.
(d) Aegeus.

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

5. What would the chorus like Medea to do when they first arrive?
(a) Find a way to revenge herself against her husband.
(b) Stop crying and tend her children.
(c) Come out so they can comfort her.
(d) Go back to her homeland and leave her children behind.

Short Answer Questions

1. What bargain does Medea strike with Creon?

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

3. Who does Medea plan to take revenge against?

4. What character has the strongest position in Part 3?

5. Why does Medea think Jason is a coward?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Jason's sudden concern for his children in the final scene seem consistent with the rest of the play? Why or why not?

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

3. Why is a messenger used to describe how Creon and the princess die?

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

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

6. 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?

7. What is significant about the way Creon encountered the poison?

8. Why does Jason think his life is over?

9. To which character(s) is Aegeus a foil? Explain.

10. Why do you think Medea lies to Jason when he returns with the Nurse?

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