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 reaction does the Nurse have to Medea's pain?

2. Why does the Nurse send the children inside after hearing the Tutor's news?

3. Who does Medea curse when she hears the news about the plans for her and her children?

4. Why would Medea like the gods to place a mark on men?

5. Who is the first character to appear in the play?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. Describe how the princess and Creon die.

8. Why does Jason think his life is over?

9. Does the descriptions of the poison's effect lend credence to the idea that it was magical in nature?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

It appears as though, sympathetic or not, Medea is representing a type of "Everywoman" character. Argue for whether you believe Medea does or does not effectively represent an "Everywoman", using specific supporting details from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

How is betrayal handled as a theme in the play? Be sure to include specific details of which characters betray one another, and whether there are patterns at play. What point is the author trying to make about betrayal?

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