Medea Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Medea promise she won't hurt Creon?

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

3. What has Creon's experience been with showing mercy?

4. What two characters are getting divorced?

5. Which character caused Medea's rage?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you agree or disagree with Creon's decision to banish Medea? Why or why not?

2. Does the Nurse find Medea sympathetic? Why or why not?

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

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

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

6. What is the significance, in the first scene, of the Nurse urging the children to hide from their mother until her anger has passed?

7. What motivates Medea to take her revenge further than killing Jason's bride?

8. Describe how the princess and Creon die.

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

10. Based on their conversation, do you find Medea's anger more justified? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Medea invokes the goddess Hecate as she formulates her plan for revenge. Examine why Euripides chooses to link this goddess with his protagonist, being sure to cover the following points; What is Hecate known for; why would Medea turn to this particular goddess; are there similarities between Medea and Hecate; does invoking this goddess alter how the audience views Medea?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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