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. According to the chorus, what does excessive love bring?

2. Why does Medea think Jason is a coward?

3. What choice does Jason claim Medea will regret in the future?

4. What does Medea think about Jason's argument for his actions?

5. Who does Medea curse when she hears the news about the plans for her and her children?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What literary function does the Nurse serve by opening the play?

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

4. Describe how the princess and Creon die.

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

6. The ode from the chorus after Medea's monologue seems a bit misplaced, as though they are not speaking about Medea at all. What do you think is the purpose of this choral piece?

7. Why does Jason think his life is over?

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

9. Is Medea reacting truthfully during the entire fight, or is she setting Jason up for her ultimate revenge?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The chorus plays an integral role within "Medea" and many classic Greek plays. Discuss this role, considering the following: What was the primary function of the chorus; how were the lines of the chorus delivered, and why was that delivery used; what is the interaction between the audience and the chorus?

Essay Topic 2

Medea is an unusual character for her time, particularly given that she seems to control the atmosphere around her and is certainly in control of the action of the scenes she is in. Examine the power dynamics between Medea and the other characters in the play. Use specific details of Medea's relationship and power struggle with at least three other characters.

Essay Topic 3

Selfishness is a recurring theme in the play, and Jason appears as the standard-bearer of selfishness. Examine Jason's role in the context of the theme of selfishness, covering thoroughly the following: Is Jason a purely selfish character, or are there contextual reasons for his behavior; does his selfishness make a point about the society of the day and its impact on a certain class within it; how does Jason's self-serving behavior illuminate and further the points Euripides makes about selfishness?

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