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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 Topic 1
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.
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 does the author portray women throughout the play? Use at least three character examples (either onstage or discussed) and examine whether this portrayal matches the attitudes of ancient Greece or is a departure from social norms.
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