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 are the women of this play communally struggling against?

2. How does Medea think women generally feel?

3. Why does Medea believe Jason looked for another woman?

4. Who orders Medea to leave with her children?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What similarities are evident in the characters of Jason and Medea?

3. What does the argument between Jason and Medea reveal about their marriage?

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

"Medea" is a very difficult play to read and produce because the subject material is so horrific to audiences. Examine what it is about filicide that makes it so much worse than other types of violence within a family unit. Does this help or hinder the development of themes within the play?

Essay Topic 3

Medea has been a reviled character as long as the myth has been known, and yet Euripides clearly attempts to make the character sympathetic. Discuss the various methods the author uses to elicit audience sympathy for Medea, using specific details and examples from the text.

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