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. Whom else does Medea decide to kill after Aegeus leaves?

2. What character does the chorus have the most pity for?

3. From whom were Medea's wedding gifts supposedly procured?

4. How is Creon poisoned?

5. How does Jason react now that he thinks he's getting his way?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the author portray women throughout the play? Use at least three character examples (either onstage or discussed) and examine whether this portrayal matches the attitudes of ancient Greece or is a departure from social norms.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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