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. How does Medea plan to exact her revenge?

2. What does Jason claim motivated him to leave Medea for the princess?

3. What does Jason say he has done on Medea's behalf?

4. What stands in the way of Medea enacting her plans immediately?

5. What does Creon, despite his actions, believe compassion leads to?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. It could be said that Medea represents a type of "Everywoman" as she comes to terms with her feelings over her husband's betrayal - do you agree or disagree with this assertion? Explain why.

3. Why do you think Euripides chooses to portray Jason as completely cavalier to the effect of his behavior on Medea?

4. What is the purpose of the chorus ending the play by commenting on the mysterious ways of the gods?

5. What happens that enables Medea to put her plans into action?

6. Why is Medea's position as an outsider in Corinth so important to her and the chorus?

7. Why is a messenger used to describe how Creon and the princess die?

8. Analyze Medea's monologue in which she vacillates between killing her children and sparing their lives.

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

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 2

Medea invokes the goddess Hecate as she formulates her plan for revenge. Examine why Euripides chooses to link this goddess with his protagonist, being sure to cover the following points; What is Hecate known for; why would Medea turn to this particular goddess; are there similarities between Medea and Hecate; does invoking this goddess alter how the audience views Medea?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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