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. Why does Jason say Medea is lucky?

2. Why does Jason say dealing with Medea is hopeless?

3. What does Medea say about the value of being clever?

4. Why does Medea think Jason is a coward?

5. What would the chorus like Medea to do when they first arrive?

Short Essay Questions

1. Medea is clearly a very proud character, so what do you think motivates her to beg Creon on her knees for more time before being forced into exile?

2. Is there merit to Medea's final justification to the chorus about why she must kill her children? Why or why not?

3. Why is Medea's position as an outsider in Corinth so important to her and the chorus?

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

5. What literary function does the Nurse serve by opening the play?

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

7. Based on their conversation, do you find Medea's anger more justified? Why or why not?

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

9. 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?

10. Why do you think Euripides introduces the Delphi oracle into the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Medea's decision to kill her children does not come easily, and she has a very intense monologue in which she debates her decision. Analyze the content of the monologue, and the justification for Medea's ultimate decision.

Essay Topic 2

Selfishness is a recurring theme in the play, and Jason appears as the standard-bearer of selfishness. Examine Jason's role in the context of the theme of selfishness, covering thoroughly the following: Is Jason a purely selfish character, or are there contextual reasons for his behavior; does his selfishness make a point about the society of the day and its impact on a certain class within it; how does Jason's self-serving behavior illuminate and further the points Euripides makes about selfishness?

Essay Topic 3

Family dynamics in "Medea" run the gamut from casual disinterest to compassionate love and then violent attachment. Examine the varying natures of family within the context of the play, using at least two families as examples. Why does the author choose to create these dynamics? What point is he making?

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