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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. From whom were Medea's wedding gifts supposedly procured?
2. What does Medea say is the only thing stronger than her sorrow?
3. How does Jason react now that he thinks he's getting his way?
4. Why is Medea really crying when she sees her children with Jason?
5. Why is Aegeus near Medea's house?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
"Medea" is a very difficult play to read and produce because the subject material is so horrific to audiences. Examine what it is about filicide that makes it so much worse than other types of violence within a family unit. Does this help or hinder the development of themes within the play?
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
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.
This section contains 340 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)