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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 say Creon's mercy was foolish?

2. What is the name of Jason's ship?

3. What two characters are getting divorced?

4. After the chorus first arrives, what prayer does Medea send to the gods?

5. Why does Medea think Jason is a coward?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Medea's position as an outsider in Corinth so important to her and the chorus?

2. Is there any indication that, as Medea claims, the gods know the crimes Jason has committed against her?

3. Does Aegeus have all the information he needs before he swears an oath to Medea? Explain.

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

5. What makes Medea's anger and despair seem so untoward to the Chorus?

6. What function does the chorus of Corinthian women serve?

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

8. How does Creon's compassion set up a contrast against the behavior of the protagonist?

9. Why do you think Euripides introduces the Delphi oracle into the story?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss at least two methods of delivering exposition throughout the play, and argue for which method is the most efficient and best connects with the audience.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Medea's decision to kill her children does not come easily, and she has a very intense monologue in which she debates her decision. Analyze the content of the monologue, and the justification for Medea's ultimate decision.

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