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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 ended the curse.
(c) She argues that she cannot be cursed again.
(d) She argues that there never was a curse.

2. What does part of the chorus suggest to Clytemnestra about her actions when they confront her?
(a) She has ended the curse.
(b) She has begun another curse.
(c) She has awakened the Furies.
(d) She is merely continuing the curse.

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

4. Who is the first character to speak in "The Oresteia"?
(a) The leader of the chorus.
(b) The Watchman.
(c) Menelaus.
(d) Agamemnon.

5. To whom does Cassandra initially cry out?
(a) Apollo.
(b) Zeus.
(c) Athena.
(d) Hermes.

6. What does Orestes pray for at the beginning of "The Libation Bearers"?
(a) Peace of mind.
(b) His success in war.
(c) Success in his plan of revenge for his father's murder.
(d) Safe voyage overseas.

7. According to Aegisthus, what actually brought about Agamemnon's death?
(a) Agamemnon's disregard for others.
(b) Clytemnestra's vengeance.
(c) The actions of Agamemnon and his father.
(d) The will of the gods.

8. What does Electra find when she wonders aloud if her brother has returned?
(a) A campfire.
(b) Orestes and Pylades' footprints.
(c) Pylades' pack.
(d) Offerings to the gods.

9. What was Paris's actual deed that set off the Trojan War?
(a) He kidnapped Helen.
(b) He murdered Menelaus.
(c) He dishonored Aphrodite.
(d) He rejected Apollo.

10. What does Aegisthus brag about to the chorus?
(a) He claims to have killed Cassandra.
(b) He claims to have killed Agamemnon.
(c) He claims to have planned Agamemnon's death.
(d) He claims to have bested Apollo in a competition.

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

12. What does Clytemnestra claim about her life since Agamemnon left for war?
(a) She claims to have been lonely without him.
(b) She claims that her life improved after he left.
(c) She claims to have been fine without him.
(d) She says that she remarried in his absence.

13. What does Clytemnestra try to get Cassandra to do in the fourth part of "The Agamemnon"?
(a) Enter the palace.
(b) Greet her properly.
(c) Drink some wine.
(d) Leave the city.

14. According to Clytemnestra's message to the herald, how has she kept her husband's house?
(a) She has given it over to someone else for safekeeping.
(b) She has been overwhelmed by the responsibilities of it.
(c) As well as she could.
(d) Safe and welcoming upon his return.

15. What does somber information does the chorus remind the herald of?
(a) People in Mycenae have been grieving for their loved ones at war.
(b) Clytemnestra has been unfaithful to her husband.
(c) There are no princes and princesses left in the city.
(d) Agamemnon does not wish to come home.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the first part of the first play, what does the chorus say of Agamemnon's fate?

2. What does Clytemnestra's entrance reveal in the fifth part of "The Agamemnon"?

3. Who comprises the group of women at Agamemnon's tomb?

4. What goddess demanded Iphigenia in sacrifice?

5. What future events does Cassandra foresee after she sees the past?

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