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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Pylades advise Orestes to do?
(a) The oracle said Orestes must kill his mother.
(b) Electra will be cursed if Orestes does not follow through with his revenge.
(c) Orestes will be looked upon as weak if he does not kill Clytemnestra.
(d) Orestes will be murdered by Clytemnestra if he does not kill her first.

2. In what state is Orestes' old nurse, Cilissa, upon hearing that Orestes was murdered?
(a) She is confused.
(b) She is happy.
(c) She is distraught.
(d) She is relieved.

3. What does Orestes believe about the vision he is having at the end of "The Libation Bearers"?
(a) The Furies are going to take revenge upon him for his mother.
(b) Aegisthus will try to avenge his death upon Electra.
(c) His father is cursing his son's actions.
(d) His mother will haunt him for all his days.

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

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

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

7. What does Apollo claim about mothers and fathers in the last part of "The Eumenides"?
(a) The mother and father are equal.
(b) The mother is much more important than the father.
(c) The mother and father are always equal, except in the case of Clytemnestra.
(d) The father is much more important than the mother.

8. Whose ghost is urging the Eumenides to chase Orestes?
(a) Agamemnon.
(b) Electra.
(c) Clytemnestra.
(d) Hera.

9. What do the Furies celebrate in poem and dance in the second part of "The Eumenides"?
(a) The freedom of Clytemnestra's soul.
(b) The vengeance of all women.
(c) The imminent death of Orestes.
(d) Their immortality, power, and divine right.

10. Where does the beginning of "The Eumenides" take place?
(a) Athens.
(b) Sparta.
(c) Delphi.
(d) Mycenae.

11. When the Furies do not awaken, what does the ghost urge them to dream about?
(a) Running in the fields.
(b) Avenging their souls on their murderers.
(c) Destroying Orestes.
(d) Hunting wild animals.

12. What is revealed with Orestes in the fourth part of "The Libation Bearers"?
(a) Cilissa's body.
(b) His father's armor.
(c) Aegisthus's body.
(d) Electra's body.

13. What must Aegisthus bring with him to the palace?
(a) Agamemnon's body.
(b) Offerings to the gods.
(c) A regiment of soldiers.
(d) Orestes' sword.

14. Where was Orestes when he was told to avenge his father?
(a) Athens.
(b) Ithaca.
(c) Sparta.
(d) The oracle at Delphi.

15. What will Athena appoint to pass judgment on the case between Orestes and the Furies?
(a) A council of Athens' elders.
(b) A court of all spirits affected by Orestes' murder of Clytemnestra.
(c) A council of gods.
(d) A council of king.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Aegisthus claim after his entrance in "The Libation Bearers"?

2. What is heard from inside the palace after Aegisthus enters it?

3. What do the Furies turn into at Athena's behest at the very end of The Oresteia?

4. According to Apollo in the first part of the third play, where must Orestes travel?

5. How does Orestes introduce himself to Athena?

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