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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 is Jason's reaction to the plan involving Medea?
(a) He is furious and stands up for his wife.
(b) He doesn't know what's being plotted.
(c) He is ready to go along with it.
(d) He wants to come up with a better plan.

2. What does the chorus do when they learn of Medea's plans for revenge?
(a) Send someone to warn the King.
(b) Protest that she is out of her mind.
(c) Promise to keep them secret.
(d) Argue with Medea about her plans.

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

4. What is the Nurse's reaction when she learns what Jason thinks about the plan involving Medea?
(a) She is enraged.
(b) She is upset for Medea.
(c) She is surprised.
(d) She doesn't really care.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Medea promise she won't hurt Creon?

2. What two characters are getting divorced?

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

4. Why does Medea have no choice but to trust Jason?

5. How does Medea think women generally feel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Aegeus say Medea must make it to his kingdom on her own?

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

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

6. How does Creon's compassion set up a contrast against the behavior of the protagonist?

7. Why would people want to harm the children for Medea's crimes?

8. Does the Nurse find Medea sympathetic? Why or why not?

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

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

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