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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. Who does Medea curse when she hears the news about the plans for her and her children?
2. Who is the first character to appear in the play?
3. What goddess does Medea invoke as she plans her revenge?
4. Why does Medea think Jason is a coward?
5. What does the chorus comment that they can hear in Medea's cries?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Jason's behavior different the second time he speaks with Medea?
2. Describe how the princess and Creon die.
3. How does the King of Corinth model the theme of selfishness that Euripides introduces in the first scene?
4. Why does Jason think his life is over?
5. Why is Medea's position as an outsider in Corinth so important to her and the chorus?
6. Why would people want to harm the children for Medea's crimes?
7. What literary function does the Nurse serve by opening the play?
8. Is there merit to Medea's final justification to the chorus about why she must kill her children? Why or why not?
9. Why is a messenger used to describe how Creon and the princess die?
10. The ode from the chorus after Medea's monologue seems a bit misplaced, as though they are not speaking about Medea at all. What do you think is the purpose of this choral piece?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Medea's decision to kill her children does not come easily, and she has a very intense monologue in which she debates her decision. Analyze the content of the monologue, and the justification for Medea's ultimate decision.
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