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

2. What prevents Medea from returning to her homeland?

3. Who orders Medea to leave with her children?

4. Why would Medea like the gods to place a mark on men?

5. What did Medea persuade the king's daughters to do in order to let Jason leave with the Fleece?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author mean with the quote "no other soul can hold so many thoughts of blood"?

2. Why is it significant that Medea is overcome with tears when she puts the children's hands into Jason's?

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

4. What is revealed in the argument between Medea and Jason about who loved their children more?

5. Is there merit to Medea's final justification to the chorus about why she must kill her children? Why or why not?

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

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

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

9. Why does the King of Corinth think it is a good idea to send Medea into exile?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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

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

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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