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 does Jason think influences women's judgment?

2. What function does the chorus's ode serve after the fight between Medea and Creon?

3. According to the chorus, what does excessive love bring?

4. What attitude does Jason have towards Medea when he appears?

5. Why does Medea have no choice but to trust Jason?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Given that the audience would typically know the story before going to a play, why do you think the author chose to begin the play with heavy exposition?

3. 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?

4. Does the Nurse find Medea sympathetic? Why or why not?

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

6. What do you think the messenger means when he says the princess "smiled at the lifeless image of herself" in the mirror?

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

8. Do you think Medea gains or loses sympathy during her scene with the messenger? Why?

9. What is significant about the Tutor's statement "that everyone loves himself more than his neighbor"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the author portray women throughout the play? Use at least three character examples (either onstage or discussed) and examine whether this portrayal matches the attitudes of ancient Greece or is a departure from social norms.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss at least two methods of delivering exposition throughout the play, and argue for which method is the most efficient and best connects with the audience.

Essay Topic 3

It appears as though, sympathetic or not, Medea is representing a type of "Everywoman" character. Argue for whether you believe Medea does or does not effectively represent an "Everywoman", using specific supporting details from the text to support your argument.

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