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. Why is Medea being banished?

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

3. What word best describes Medea's emotional reaction to Creon?

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

5. What would the chorus like Medea to do when they first arrive?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Knowing her plans for her children, why do you think Medea asks Jason to beg Creon to allow them to stay?

4. What are the primary differences between Jason and Medea during their argument?

5. Why does Aegeus say Medea must make it to his kingdom on her own?

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

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

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

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

10. Do you think, with the chorus being so sympathetic to Medea, that it undercuts her claims that her life is more difficult because she is a foreigner? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Selfishness is a recurring theme in the play, and Jason appears as the standard-bearer of selfishness. Examine Jason's role in the context of the theme of selfishness, covering thoroughly the following: Is Jason a purely selfish character, or are there contextual reasons for his behavior; does his selfishness make a point about the society of the day and its impact on a certain class within it; how does Jason's self-serving behavior illuminate and further the points Euripides makes about selfishness?

Essay Topic 2

Medea is largely reviled as a character because of her decision to kill her children. Discuss the motivation behind her decision to commit filicide, and whether the author sufficiently justifies her actions to make her a heroine with whom audiences can identify.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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