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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 did Medea save Jason's life?

2. What does the chorus tell Medea about men?

3. Who appears to check on Medea after hearing her cries?

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

5. What is the purpose of the first section of the play?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. What similarities are evident in the characters of Jason and Medea?

5. What literary function does the Nurse serve by opening the play?

6. Why does the chorus have pity for the princess? Is it justified by the text?

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

8. What function does the chorus of Corinthian women serve?

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

10. What does the argument between Jason and Medea reveal about their marriage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Creon has a small amount of time on-stage, and yet his presence is important throughout the play. Discuss the importance of Creon as a character and thematic support within the play.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

How does the author portray women throughout the play? Use at least three character examples (either onstage or discussed) and examine whether this portrayal matches the attitudes of ancient Greece or is a departure from social norms.

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