Medea Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How well do Medea's enchantments appear to work in the play?

2. What is an oracle?

3. How does the poison affect Creon?

4. What does Medea have to do in order to stay with Aegeus?

5. How did the princess first feel when Jason asked her to spare his children?

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 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

Explain how "deus ex machina" is used in classical Greek plays. What is the purpose of the mechanic? How common is it? Why would an author choose to use this mechanic?

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