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. Which character caused Medea's rage?

2. According to the chorus, what does excessive love bring?

3. What does Jason think influences women's judgment?

4. When did Medea kill for Jason?

5. What supernatural ability is Medea said to have?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the argument between Jason and Medea reveal about their marriage?

2. Is there merit to Medea's final justification to the chorus about why she must kill her children? Why or why not?

3. Why do you think Euripides introduces the Delphi oracle into the story?

4. What literary function does the Nurse serve by opening the play?

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

6. Why would people want to harm the children for Medea's crimes?

7. What does the author mean with the quote "no other soul can hold so many thoughts of blood"?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Medea's power as a sorceress is reinforced at several junctures throughout the play. Examine how her magical ability influences the believability and sympathetic qualities of the character.

Essay Topic 2

Explain how "deus ex machina" is used in classical Greek plays. What is the purpose of the mechanic? How common is it? Why would an author choose to use this mechanic?

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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