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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What feelings suddenly strike the chorus after Agamemnon enters his palace?
(a) They have feelings of hysteria.
(b) They have feelings of sickness.
(c) They have feelings of joy.
(d) They have feelings of foreboding.

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

5. How does part of the chorus react to the death of Agamemnon?
(a) They are joyous.
(b) They are indifferent.
(c) They believe he got what he deserved.
(d) They grieve for their king.

6. For which family member's sake did Agamemnon go to Troy?
(a) Hector.
(b) Priam.
(c) Menelaus.
(d) Paris.

7. What reasoning did Clytemnestra give for exiling a certain person before the events of "The Agamemnon"?
(a) She was afraid her daughter might tempt her lover.
(b) She wanted him out of the way of her lover's ascension.
(c) She wanted to keep her son safe from Trojan assassins.
(d) She was afraid that gods would smite her son.

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

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

10. What do the female attendants lay on the ground for Agamemnon to walk upon?
(a) A red cloth.
(b) A white cloth.
(c) A gold cloth.
(d) A purple cloth.

11. 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 there never was a curse.
(d) She argues that she ended the curse.

12. To what does the chorus compare life at the end of the third part of the first play?
(a) A sailing ship.
(b) A child's game.
(c) A horse race.
(d) A footrace.

13. In the first part of the first play, according to Clytemnestra, what does Agamemnon have yet to endure?
(a) The journey home.
(b) Another battle at sea.
(c) The sacrifices to the gods.
(d) His reign as king.

14. How does Agamemnon make his entrance?
(a) In a chariot.
(b) In a horse-cart.
(c) On horse back.
(d) On foot.

15. What does Clytemnestra wish for herself and her country at the end of the Agamemnon?
(a) She wishes to have another child to take over for her.
(b) She wishes to retire as queen.
(c) She wishes to conquer the next city.
(d) She wishes to live peacefully.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kept Agamemnon from leaving for Troy right away?

2. What does Clytemnestra try to get Cassandra to do in the fourth part of "The Agamemnon"?

3. Why is the herald so joyful?

4. For what does Aegisthus thank the gods in the fifth part of the first play?

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

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