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. What does Medea say about the value of being clever?

2. What is Jason's reaction to the plan involving Medea?

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

4. Why doesn't Creon trust Medea's reasons for allowing her to stay?

5. What has Jason said is his intent with regard to his children?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Is there any merit to Jason's justification of his behavior? Why or why not?

3. Why is it significant that Medea is overcome with tears when she puts the children's hands into Jason's?

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

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

6. What is significant about the way Creon encountered the poison?

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

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

9. Is Creon's naming of Medea as a "clever witch" supposed to be taken literally or figuratively?

10. Is there any indication that, as Medea claims, the gods know the crimes Jason has committed against her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The chorus plays an integral role within "Medea" and many classic Greek plays. Discuss this role, considering the following: What was the primary function of the chorus; how were the lines of the chorus delivered, and why was that delivery used; what is the interaction between the audience and the chorus?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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