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 was Jason's mission when he and Medea met?

2. What does Creon, despite his actions, believe compassion leads to?

3. What plans are made regarding Medea in order to facilitate the wedding?

4. What prevents Creon from helping Medea or seeing her point of view?

5. Why does Jason say Medea is lucky?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Creon's naming of Medea as a "clever witch" supposed to be taken literally or figuratively?

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

3. Why would Medea believe that Jason was embarrassed by her?

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

5. Is there any indication that, as Medea claims, the gods know the crimes Jason has committed against her?

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

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

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

9. Describe how the princess and Creon die.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The chorus plays an integral role within "Medea" and many classic Greek plays. Discuss this role, considering the following: What was the primary function of the chorus; how were the lines of the chorus delivered, and why was that delivery used; what is the interaction between the audience and the chorus?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Shed light on how the "deus ex machina" mechanic is used by the author to change the audience's perception of Medea and her behavior. Does this seem natural within the play or contrived? Is it effective as a method for changing the audience's perception of the character?

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