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

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 reaction does the Nurse have to Medea's pain?
(a) She pities Medea.
(b) She sympathizes but wants Medea to stop crying.
(c) She thinks Medea is too emotional.
(d) She tells Medea it's her own fault.

4. What does Medea say about the value of being clever?
(a) That it hasn't helped her very much, earning her enemies rather than friends.
(b) That it is the most important skill to get by in life and survive in a strange land.
(c) That it is something women learn from birth in order to survive the men they meet.
(d) That it is on par with being moral, and only matters in the eye of the beholder.

5. Why would Medea like the gods to place a mark on men?
(a) To remind women none is trustworthy.
(b) To distinguish those that can be trusted from those that can't.
(c) To denote their status as lower than women.
(d) To prevent them from telling lies.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the time the play was written, what would the audience have typically known before coming to the theater?

2. Who explains why Medea is crying to the chorus?

3. Medea longs to go to what place that she's forbidden to visit?

4. What prevents Creon from helping Medea or seeing her point of view?

5. What country is the myth of Medea from?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Jason's behavior different the second time he speaks with Medea?

3. What are the primary differences between Jason and Medea during their argument?

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

5. Is Creon's naming of Medea as a "clever witch" supposed to be taken literally or figuratively?

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

8. Do you agree or disagree with Creon's decision to banish Medea? Why or why not?

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

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

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