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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 function does the chorus's ode serve after the fight between Medea and Creon?
(a) It illuminates the subtext behind the relationship between the two.
(b) It offers more exposition to explain what is happening.
(c) It gives the audience a breather from the intensity of the scene.
(d) It gives time for a scene change.

2. Why does Jason say dealing with Medea is hopeless?
(a) She won't ever tell him what she really thinks.
(b) He loves her too much to hurt her.
(c) He can't understand her through her thick accent.
(d) She is too stubborn and outspoken.

3. Why does Medea say Creon's mercy was foolish?
(a) It gives her enough time to break up Jason and his new wife.
(b) One day is enough time to exact her revenge.
(c) One day isn't enough time for her to take care of her children.
(d) Showing mercy is a sign of weakness.

4. What does the Nurse feel is best for people?
(a) Moderation in all things.
(b) Getting anger out so it doesn't fester.
(c) Expressing feelings openly and without reserve.
(d) Open and honest communication.

5. What does Jason say he has done on Medea's behalf?
(a) Encouraged the neighbors to befriend her.
(b) Tried to intercede with Creon.
(c) Convinced his new wife Medea is harmless.
(d) Taken her from a barbaric land.

Short Answer Questions

1. What word best describes Medea's emotional reaction to Creon?

2. What does Medea think about women who have been wronged by a lover?

3. How does Medea think women generally feel?

4. What does Jason claim motivated him to leave Medea for the princess?

5. When did Medea kill for Jason?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think Aegeus will keep his oath to Medea if she kills everyone she plans to kill, and then seeks refuge in his land?

2. What is revealed in the argument between Medea and Jason about who loved their children more?

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

4. What literary function does the Nurse serve by opening the play?

5. Do you think Medea gains or loses sympathy during her scene with the messenger? Why?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. Why is it significant that Medea is overcome with tears when she puts the children's hands into Jason's?

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