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 has Creon's experience been with showing mercy?

2. Why does the author emphasize several times that Medea is a "stranger in a strange land"?

3. What reaction does the Nurse have to Medea's pain?

4. How did Medea save Jason's life?

5. In the time the play was written, what would the audience have typically known before coming to the theater?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Jason think his life is over?

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

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

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

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

6. Does Medea's behavior support or work against the author's point about women being strong and independent?

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

8. Describe how the princess and Creon die.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Family dynamics in "Medea" run the gamut from casual disinterest to compassionate love and then violent attachment. Examine the varying natures of family within the context of the play, using at least two families as examples. Why does the author choose to create these dynamics? What point is he making?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Medea has been a reviled character as long as the myth has been known, and yet Euripides clearly attempts to make the character sympathetic. Discuss the various methods the author uses to elicit audience sympathy for Medea, using specific details and examples from the text.

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