The Greek Way Test | Final 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. Xenophon felt that ___________________________________.

2. Which of the following is not one of the four elements common to every tragedy?

3. The Persian plan to defeat the Ten Thousand was to _________________________________.

4. Tragedy in drama began with whom?

5. Which one of Shakespeare's tragedies comes closest to the tragedies of Aeschylus?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the characteristics of Greek tragedy?

2. What were Xenophon's views on war?

3. In what ways does Sophocles differ from Aeschylus?

4. How did the religion of the ancient Greeks develop?

5. How does Sophocles feel about fate?

6. In what way did Aeschylus change Greek drama?

7. What was the outcome of Peloponnesian War?

8. Why did Thucydides write a book on the war between Athens and Sparta?

9. Why was Xenophon exiled by Athens?

10. What does it mean to say that the Greeks are concerned with life and abstractions from life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the elements of Greek tragedy and why it is so enjoyable to the audience. What is it that appeals to the audience? Why isn't it sad or depressing?

Essay Topic 2

Why can't mankind achieve the balance and greatness that the Greeks had? What is this balance and why can't it be re-achieved? How did it lead to the greatness of the ancient Greek society and their contributions to the world?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the three great Greek tragedy writers, Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. Each of these writers was from a different period and the state of the Athenian society was reflected in their writing and beliefs. How does this come through in their plays?

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