Medea Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. Why does Medea say Creon's mercy was foolish?

3. What has Creon's experience been with showing mercy?

4. What two characters are getting divorced?

5. Which character caused Medea's rage?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why do you think Euripides chooses to portray Jason as completely cavalier to the effect of his behavior on Medea?

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

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

7. What motivates Medea to take her revenge further than killing Jason's bride?

8. Describe how the princess and Creon die.

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

10. Based on their conversation, do you find Medea's anger more justified? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Family dynamics in "Medea" run the gamut from casual disinterest to compassionate love and then violent attachment. Examine the varying natures of family within the context of the play, using at least two families as examples. Why does the author choose to create these dynamics? What point is he making?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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