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Medea Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

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.

Medea invokes the goddess Hecate as she formulates her plan for revenge. Examine why Euripides chooses to link this goddess with his protagonist, being sure to cover the following points; What is Hecate known for; why would Medea turn to this particular goddess; are there similarities between Medea and Hecate; does invoking this goddess alter how the audience views Medea?

Discuss the structure and role of the classical Greek play, being sure to address the following: Is there a particular format a tragedy was to follow; what did audiences expect to receive when going to see a play in ancient Greece; were the plays used primarily for storytelling, or was there also another purpose?

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