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 does the Nurse think Medea will refuse to exit her home?

2. How does Medea think women generally feel?

3. Who explains why Medea is crying to the chorus?

4. What function does the chorus's ode serve after the fight between Medea and Creon?

5. What theme, central to the play, does the chorus frequently reiterate?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Medea is clearly a very proud character, so what do you think motivates her to beg Creon on her knees for more time before being forced into exile?

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. It could be said that Medea represents a type of "Everywoman" as she comes to terms with her feelings over her husband's betrayal - do you agree or disagree with this assertion? Explain why.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the author use the structure of the play to his benefit by using the audience's imagination when dealing with horrific acts? Argue for or against this structure as effective, drawing on details from the text and the research you have done over the course of the play's analysis into classical Greek plays.

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

It appears as though, sympathetic or not, Medea is representing a type of "Everywoman" character. Argue for whether you believe Medea does or does not effectively represent an "Everywoman", using specific supporting details from the text to support your argument.

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