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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 does Creon, despite his actions, believe compassion leads to?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Suffering.
(c) Revenge.
(d) Popularity.

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

3. How did Medea save Jason's life?
(a) She discovered a leak aboard the Argo that could have drowned him.
(b) She killed a traitor among his men that was plotting his death.
(c) She convinced him to stop adventuring away from home.
(d) She enabled him to get the Golden Fleece and escape alive.

4. What does the chorus comment that they can hear in Medea's cries?
(a) Hatred.
(b) Venom.
(c) Pain.
(d) Anger.

5. How does Medea think women generally feel?
(a) Happy and maternal.
(b) Comforted and happy.
(c) Fearful and defenseless.
(d) Fearful and vengeful.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why doesn't Creon trust Medea's reasons for allowing her to stay?

2. What does the chorus express about Medea's anger toward Jason?

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

4. What was Jason's mission when he and Medea met?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think, with the chorus being so sympathetic to Medea, that it undercuts her claims that her life is more difficult because she is a foreigner? Why or why not?

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

3. What function does the chorus of Corinthian women serve?

4. 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?

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

6. Why would Medea believe that Jason was embarrassed by her?

7. What similarities are evident in the characters of Jason and Medea?

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

9. Does the descriptions of the poison's effect lend credence to the idea that it was magical in nature?

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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