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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the first part of the first play, what does the chorus say of Agamemnon's fate?
(a) His fate is open.
(b) His is preordained.
(c) The chorus says nothing about his fate.
(d) His fate will be to live a long life.

2. What city does Clytemnestra describe as being ruined, burned, and full of mourning for the dead?
(a) Delphi.
(b) Athens.
(c) Troy.
(d) Mycenae.

3. While mourning her father at his grave, what does Electra pray for the most?
(a) Her mother's forgiveness.
(b) Menelaus's vengeance on Cltemnestra.
(c) The death of Aegisthus.
(d) Her brother's return.

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

5. What does Cassandra remove from her person in the fourth part of the first play?
(a) The crest of her family.
(b) The chains Agamemnon put around her.
(c) Her royal jewelry.
(d) Her long hair.

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

7. What is the herald's opinion on Troy and Paris?
(a) Paris should have surrendered and the city left untouched.
(b) It is a tragedy.
(c) They got what they deserved.
(d) The city should have turned Paris over to the Greeks.

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

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

10. For what does Aegisthus thank the gods in the fifth part of the first play?
(a) The chorus.
(b) Their benevolence.
(c) Clytemnestra.
(d) Justice.

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

12. Whom does Agamemnon tell Clytemnestra to greet and treat well?
(a) Hecuba.
(b) Andromache.
(c) Briseis.
(d) Cassandra.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the chorus of women, what will atone for the murder of Agamemnon?

2. For what does Clytemnestra scold the chorus in the second part of the first play?

3. What does Orestes pray for at the beginning of "The Libation Bearers"?

4. To whom does Orestes pray while at his father's tomb?

5. What reasoning did Clytemnestra give for exiling a certain person before the events of "The Agamemnon"?

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