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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 will happen if Medea and her children are in Corinth at sunrise in two days?

2. What character has the strongest position in Part 3?

3. What does the Nurse fear at the beginning of the play?

4. Why does Medea promise she won't hurt Creon?

5. Why does the author emphasize several times that Medea is a "stranger in a strange land"?

Short Essay Questions

1. To which character(s) is Aegeus a foil? Explain.

2. Do you think Aegeus will keep his oath to Medea if she kills everyone she plans to kill, and then seeks refuge in his land?

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

4. Why do you think Medea lies to Jason when he returns with the Nurse?

5. What is significant about the way Creon encountered the poison?

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

7. Knowing her plans for her children, why do you think Medea asks Jason to beg Creon to allow them to stay?

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

9. Does Medea's behavior support or work against the author's point about women being strong and independent?

10. The ode from the chorus after Medea's monologue seems a bit misplaced, as though they are not speaking about Medea at all. What do you think is the purpose of this choral piece?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Aegeus introduces the concept of an oracle to the play. Examine the role of the oracle and the important role this concept plays within the context of the play.

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

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.

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