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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Cassandra's final prayer?
(a) Athena will protect her.
(b) Apollo will forgive her.
(c) She will be remembered.
(d) Her death will be avenged.

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

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

4. What gift did Apollo give Cassandra before the events of The Oresteia?
(a) Immortality.
(b) Prophecy.
(c) The ability of persuasion.
(d) The ability to speak in tongues.

5. After Cassandra enters the castle and their monologue is interrupted, what dispute rises amongst the chorus?
(a) They do not know if Agamemnon or Clytemnestra is the more vicious of the two rulers.
(b) They do not know whether to stop the murder or let it be.
(c) They do not know if Cassandra spoke the truth.
(d) They do not know if there are gods walking among them.

6. To what does the chorus compare Troy after the herald exits?
(a) An old man.
(b) A wise king with a terrible advisor.
(c) A new baby.
(d) A beloved, though ungrateful child.

7. For what does Clytemnestra particularly take offense with the chorus while reveling in her triumph?
(a) The chorus condemns her murder of Agamemnon, but not his murder of their daughter.
(b) The chorus did not beg her for her forgiveness.
(c) The chorus did not ask the gods to bless her.
(d) The chorus sympathized with Cassandra.

8. For what does the leader of the chorus praise Agamemnon upon his return?
(a) His continued piety to the gods.
(b) Victory with Troy.
(c) His captive, Cassandra.
(d) His continued fealty to his people.

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

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

11. What kept Agamemnon from leaving for Troy right away?
(a) A prophecy.
(b) He did not feel he had probable cause to go to Troy.
(c) No wind.
(d) He did not wish to leave his family.

12. According to Agamemnon, what kept him strong during the war?
(a) His thoughts of his home.
(b) Cassandra.
(c) His thoughts of his wife.
(d) His thoughts of his children.

13. What is Aegisthus's reaction when the chorus brings up Clytemnestra and her role in the murders?
(a) He threatens them violently.
(b) He goes back inside.
(c) He meekly agrees.
(d) He ignores them.

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

15. How does the chorus feel about Cassandra?
(a) They are dismissive of her.
(b) They sympathize with her.
(c) They are repulsed by her.
(d) They are in awe of her.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the herald ask of the gods?

2. What does the signal that the man on the roof sees mean?

3. Why does Agamemnon walk inside his palace the way he does?

4. In the first part of the first play, what signal is the man on the roof looking for?

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

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