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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. Medea longs to go to what place that she's forbidden to visit?

2. After the chorus first arrives, what prayer does Medea send to the gods?

3. What character has the strongest position in Part 3?

4. What does Jason offer Medea towards the end of their argument?

5. What goddess does Medea invoke as she plans her revenge?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does the chorus have pity for the princess? Is it justified by the text?

4. 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?

5. What is significant about the way Creon encountered the poison?

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

7. Why is it significant that Medea is overcome with tears when she puts the children's hands into Jason's?

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

9. How does Creon's compassion set up a contrast against the behavior of the protagonist?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

"Medea" is a very difficult play to read and produce because the subject material is so horrific to audiences. Examine what it is about filicide that makes it so much worse than other types of violence within a family unit. Does this help or hinder the development of themes within the play?

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