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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What past events does Cassandra see in a vision?
(a) The tragedies of the house of Atreus.
(b) The fall of Troy.
(c) The death of Achilles.
(d) The kidnapping of Helen.

2. To whom does Electra pray while at Agamemnon's tomb?
(a) Hades.
(b) Zeus.
(c) Apollo.
(d) Hermes.

3. What has Clytemnestra placed at all the shrines in Mycenae?
(a) Blasphemous offerings.
(b) Guards.
(c) Offerings to the gods.
(d) Maidens to pray.

4. In the first play, how is the chorus described in the narration?
(a) A group of holy men.
(b) A group of old men.
(c) A group of young men.
(d) A group of young women.

5. What is the function of the herald at the beginning of the second part of the first play?
(a) He brings news of Aegisthus.
(b) He brings news of Agamemnon.
(c) He brings news of Iphigenia.
(d) He brings news of Orestes.

6. What did Apollo expect in return for the gift he granted to Cassandra?
(a) Cassandra was to give herself to him.
(b) Cassandra was to honor him publicly.
(c) Cassandra was to build a shrine to him.
(d) Cassandra was to renounce all other gods.

7. What is Clytemnestra's final reaction to Cassandra?
(a) She grows angry and goes inside.
(b) She begs the princess for forgiveness for her husband's actions.
(c) She begs the princess to leave.
(d) She tries to help the princess down from the chariot.

8. In which city does "The Oresteia" begin?
(a) Troy.
(b) Delphi.
(c) Athens.
(d) Mycenae.

9. How does Clytemnestra defend her actions against Agamemnon to the chorus?
(a) She argues that the Furies will not hurt her.
(b) She argues that she cannot be cursed again.
(c) She argues that she ended the curse.
(d) She argues that there never was a curse.

10. What future events does Cassandra foresee after she sees the past?
(a) She sees herself ruling Mycenae with Clytemnestra's lover.
(b) She sees the murder of herself and Agamemnon by Clytemnestra.
(c) She sees herself as queen of Mycenae.
(d) She sees herself escaping the city.

11. What, according to the herald, is worth the suffering of the soldiers?
(a) Love.
(b) The homecoming.
(c) The blessings of the gods.
(d) Victory at war.

12. What interrupts the chorus's meditations on life at the end of the fourth part of "The Agamemnon"?
(a) Clytemnestra is laughing.
(b) Cassandra is screaming.
(c) Orestes returns to the city.
(d) Agamemnon is screaming.

13. Who accompanies Orestes to Agamemnon's tomb in the beginning of the second play?
(a) Menelaus.
(b) Odysseus.
(c) An oracle.
(d) Pylades.

14. What does Clytemnestra assume about Cassandra?
(a) Cassandra is deaf.
(b) Cassandra is not very smart.
(c) Cassandra does not understand what is being said.
(d) Cassandra is being belligerent.

15. For what does the herald thank the gods?
(a) He thanks them for having such a benevolent queen.
(b) He thanks them for sending him his wife.
(c) He thanks them for speaking to him.
(d) He thanks them for blessing him and the army.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the lineage of the woman with Agamemnon in the third part of the first play?

2. What advice does Electra ask of the chorus while at her father's tomb?

3. What message does Clytemnestra send to Agamemnon through the herald?

4. How does part of the chorus react to the death of Agamemnon?

5. What is Cassandra's last vision in "The Agamemnon"?

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