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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 theme, central to the play, does the chorus frequently reiterate?

2. Why does Medea think Jason is a coward?

3. What is the name of Jason's ship?

4. Why doesn't Creon trust Medea's reasons for allowing her to stay?

5. Why does Jason say dealing with Medea is hopeless?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Medea doubt her ability to trust Aegeus?

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

3. Is there any merit to Jason's justification of his behavior? Why or why not?

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

5. Why do you think the chorus is made entirely of Corinthian women?

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

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

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

9. Medea comments that the only thing stronger than her sorrow is her fury. Is the author making a point here about women in general, or is this merely the character affirming the decision she has made?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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