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 Medea have no choice but to trust Jason?

2. Why does Medea feel immigrant women need to work particularly hard?

3. Who is the first character to appear in the play?

4. What does the Nurse feel is best for people?

5. Who does Medea plan to take revenge against?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. Why is a messenger used to describe how Creon and the princess die?

6. Does the descriptions of the poison's effect lend credence to the idea that it was magical in nature?

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

8. To which character(s) is Aegeus a foil? Explain.

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

10. Do you think Aegeus will keep his oath to Medea if she kills everyone she plans to kill, and then seeks refuge in his land?

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

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 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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