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

2. Who does Medea curse when she hears the news about the plans for her and her children?
(a) Jason and her children.
(b) Aegeus and Jason.
(c) Jason and his lover.
(d) Creon and his daughter.

3. What prevents Medea from returning to her homeland?
(a) There is no ship that will go there.
(b) She is forbidden from returning by Creon.
(c) She is a criminal there.
(d) Her pride.

4. When did Medea kill for Jason?
(a) When he was trying to escape with the Golden Fleece.
(b) Just before their first child was born.
(c) Several times throughout their marriage.
(d) Aboard the Argo when they were attacked by sirens.

5. What does the chorus, after hearing Medea's plans, say about relations between men and women?
(a) That men look out for women as best they can.
(b) That men should be careful of the wrath of women.
(c) That women should stop expecting more than is realistic from men.
(d) That women are frequently wronged by men.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jason say he has done on Medea's behalf?

2. Why does Medea claim she is refusing Jason's money?

3. Who did the Tutor overhear making plans?

4. What does Medea think about the way women are treated by men in Greece?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What motivates Medea to take her revenge further than killing Jason's bride?

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

5. What happens that enables Medea to put her plans into action?

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

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

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

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

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

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