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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Orestes see when he cries out in terror after he has avenged his father's murder?
(a) Erinyes or Furies.
(b) Aegisthus.
(c) Clytemnestra.
(d) Agamemnon.

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

4. What is the result of the judges' vote after the trial?
(a) The vote is in favor of the Furies.
(b) The vote is in favor of Orestes.
(c) The vote is divided evenly.
(d) The judges did not vote as they wished to avoid the wrath of the Furies and of the gods.

5. How does Orestes convince Electra that he is her brother when they find each other at Agamemnon's tomb?
(a) He has the marks from their mother's abuse on him.
(b) He looks like their father.
(c) He is wearing the robe she made for him.
(d) He bears letters from her.

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

7. What ends up freeing Orestes from the Furies at the end of "The Eumenides"?
(a) Athena's vote for Orestes breaks the tie in the Areopagus.
(b) The Areopagus votes for Orestes.
(c) Agamemnon's spirit asks the Furies to pursue him in Orestes' place.
(d) Clytemnestra's spirit pleads for her son's freedom.

8. Why does Apollo appear at his altar?
(a) He is called down by the oracle.
(b) He wants to help Orestes.
(c) He appears at his altar daily.
(d) He senses the presence of the Furies.

9. What do the Furies claim about Orestes to Athena?
(a) He is cursed by his mother.
(b) He is unfit to speak for himself.
(c) He will taint his sister's grace if allowed to live.
(d) He will kill all women if allowed to live.

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

11. What false news does the disguised Orestes give Clytemnestra?
(a) Electra is dead.
(b) Orestes is returning.
(c) Electra has run away.
(d) Orestes is dead.

12. Why does Apollo claim that Clytemnestra needed to be killed?
(a) She killed her husband.
(b) She would have murdered her own children had she not been killed.
(c) Iphigenia was wrongly murdered.
(d) She was an adulteress.

13. What do the Furies turn into at Athena's behest at the very end of The Oresteia?
(a) They become messengers alongside Hermes.
(b) They become agents aiming for the betterment of the world.
(c) They become agents of Athena's warriors.
(d) They allow themselves to dissolve into nothingness.

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

15. What does Clytemnestra call out for when she hears the noise from inside the palace in the third part of "The Libation Bearers"?
(a) A sword.
(b) An axe.
(c) Zeus's intervention.
(d) The Furies.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Clytemnestra plead for her life to Orestes?

2. What confuses Orestes about Clytemnestra's orders for the tomb?

3. What is the main conflict between Athena and the Furies?

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

5. Who commanded Orestes to seek vengeance for his father's death?

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