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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. Why does Medea promise she won't hurt Creon?

2. Why does Medea say Creon's mercy was foolish?

3. What has Creon's experience been with showing mercy?

4. What two characters are getting divorced?

5. Which character caused Medea's rage?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Jason's behavior different the second time he speaks with Medea?

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

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

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

7. What motivates Medea to take her revenge further than killing Jason's bride?

8. Describe how the princess and Creon die.

9. Why would Medea believe that Jason was embarrassed by her?

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

Essay 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

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

"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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