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 the Nurse fear at the beginning of the play?

2. What does Jason think influences women's judgment?

3. What does Medea think about the way women are treated by men in Greece?

4. What bargain does Medea strike with Creon?

5. What choice does Jason claim Medea will regret in the future?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Jason's behavior different the second time he speaks with Medea?

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

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

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

6. What does the author mean with the quote "no other soul can hold so many thoughts of blood"?

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

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

9. 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?

10. Why do you think the author spends so much time focusing on the sounds of pain from Medea, rather than just the rage over her betrayal?

Essay 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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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