Medea Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Tutor's belief about people?

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

3. What did Medea persuade the king's daughters to do in order to let Jason leave with the Fleece?

4. What has Creon's experience been with showing mercy?

5. What is the Nurse's reaction when she learns what Jason thinks about the plan involving Medea?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Does Aegeus have all the information he needs before he swears an oath to Medea? Explain.

4. Why do you think the author spends so much time focusing on the sounds of pain from Medea, rather than just the rage over her betrayal?

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

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

7. Why do you think Euripides chooses to portray Jason as completely cavalier to the effect of his behavior on Medea?

8. 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?

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

10. Why does Jason think his life is over?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Creon has a small amount of time on-stage, and yet his presence is important throughout the play. Discuss the importance of Creon as a character and thematic support within the play.

Essay Topic 2

Medea is largely reviled as a character because of her decision to kill her children. Discuss the motivation behind her decision to commit filicide, and whether the author sufficiently justifies her actions to make her a heroine with whom audiences can identify.

Essay Topic 3

How is betrayal handled as a theme in the play? Be sure to include specific details of which characters betray one another, and whether there are patterns at play. What point is the author trying to make about betrayal?

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