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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What would happen to Orestes if he did not take revenge upon his mother, according the oracle?
(a) Aegisthus would murder Clytemnestra.
(b) Electra would die.
(c) Agamemnon would suffer in Hades.
(d) Orestes' own life would be cursed.

2. What does Apollo tell the court about his decree to Orestes?
(a) He was not acting upon any other's will but his own.
(b) He was passing on Zeus's judgment about justice.
(c) He cursed Clytemnestra and was passing on judgment.
(d) He favored Agamemnon and was avenging his death.

3. For whom do the disguised Orestes and Pylades cry out while outside the palace?
(a) Electra.
(b) Aegisthus.
(c) Clytemnestra.
(d) Cilissa.

4. What does Athena proclaim before the judges announce their vote at the end of "The Eumenides"?
(a) She withdraws any and all support for both sides.
(b) She will punish the guilty party herself.
(c) She supports Orestes.
(d) She supports the Furies.

5. How does Clytemnestra plead for her life to Orestes?
(a) She tells Orestes she was ordered by Zeus to kill Agamemnon.
(b) She reminds him that Electra will be motherless.
(c) She tells him Iphigenia pleaded for her life before being sacrificed.
(d) She reminds Orestes that she is his mother.

6. What does Orestes claim has taken away the sin of his mother's murder away?
(a) The blessings of the gods.
(b) Time.
(c) The sins of the the mother.
(d) Grief.

7. For what does the chorus pray in the third part of the second play?
(a) They pray that Orestes will have his revenge successfully.
(b) They pray that Orestes will die in his revenge attempt.
(c) They pray that Zeus will stop the plot.
(d) They pray that the entire royal family will perish.

8. To whom does the oracle pray after her vision in the beginning of The Eumenides?
(a) Athena.
(b) Hermes.
(c) Zeus.
(d) Apollo.

9. What does Orestes promise Zeus if he succeeds in his revenge?
(a) He will worship the gods as humbly as he can.
(b) He will build a grand altar for Zeus.
(c) He will restore the glory of their name.
(d) He will live anonymously and wisely.

10. What does Orestes remind his mother of when she pleads for her life?
(a) The gods' will.
(b) Electra's inability to mourn for her father.
(c) His love for her.
(d) Her sins.

11. Why does Clytemnestra grieve after the false news of her son's death?
(a) She regrets her treatment of Electra.
(b) She regrets banishing him..
(c) Orestes was the only child she loved.
(d) Orestes is the only hope of breaking the family curse.

12. What does the chorus instruct Cilissa to do instead of following Clytemnestra's orders?
(a) Cilissa must push Aegisthus into the bay.
(b) Cilissa must convince Aegisthus to cleanse himself.
(c) Cilissa must bring Aegisthus alone.
(d) Cilissa must cut Aegisthus's throat.

13. According to Apollo, why should Orestes be left alone?
(a) Orestes was meant to kill his mother a long time ago.
(b) Clytemnestra deserved to die.
(c) Electra would have killed Clytemnestra and Orestes saved her from it.
(d) Apollo himself sent Orestes to kill his mother.

14. From where has Athena flown when she makes her entrance?
(a) Mycenae.
(b) Troy.
(c) Rome.
(d) Delphi.

15. What confuses Orestes about Clytemnestra's orders for the tomb?
(a) He does not know why libations must be poured over it.
(b) He does not know why she is desecrating the tomb.
(c) He does not know why she does not perform the ritual herself.
(d) He does not know why she cares.

Short Answer Questions

1. What will Athena appoint to pass judgment on the case between Orestes and the Furies?

2. What do the Furies celebrate in poem and dance in the second part of "The Eumenides"?

3. Whose ghost is urging the Eumenides to chase Orestes?

4. What does Orestes realize about his mother's dream?

5. Whom must Cilissa go fetch?

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