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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 goddess does Medea invoke as she plans her revenge?
(a) Artemis.
(b) Aphrodite.
(c) Hecate.
(d) Hera.

2. What is the purpose of the first section of the play?
(a) To apologize for any parts the audience may not like.
(b) To offer background information.
(c) To introduce every character in the play.
(d) To make the audience laugh before the tragedy begins.

3. What did Medea persuade the king's daughters to do in order to let Jason leave with the Fleece?
(a) Kill their father.
(b) Help Jason hide from the guards.
(c) Bribe an official to let him out of the city.
(d) Lie to the town police.

4. What does the chorus, after hearing Medea's plans, say about relations between men and women?
(a) That men should be careful of the wrath of women.
(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 women are frequently wronged by men.

5. Who orders Medea to leave with her children?
(a) Creon.
(b) Aegeus.
(c) The Nurse.
(d) Jason.

Short Answer Questions

1. What two characters are getting divorced?

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

3. To whom does the Nurse say Medea cries for comfort?

4. Who appears to check on Medea after hearing her cries?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the King of Corinth think it is a good idea to send Medea into exile?

3. What is the significance, in the first scene, of the Nurse urging the children to hide from their mother until her anger has passed?

4. What does the author mean with the quote "no other soul can hold so many thoughts of blood"?

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

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

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

8. Is there any merit to Jason's justification of his behavior? Why or why not?

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

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

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