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 is the purpose of the first section of the play?

2. What prevents Creon from helping Medea or seeing her point of view?

3. When did Medea kill for Jason?

4. What does Jason think influences women's judgment?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the King of Corinth model the theme of selfishness that Euripides introduces in the first scene?

2. Given that the audience would typically know the story before going to a play, why do you think the author chose to begin the play with heavy exposition?

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

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

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

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

7. What makes Medea's comment about Jason living as a nobody particularly cutting?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is betrayal handled as a theme in the play? Be sure to include specific details of which characters betray one another, and whether there are patterns at play. What point is the author trying to make about betrayal?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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