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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Athena name the judges who will vote on whether Orestes is guilty or not in the last part of the third play?
(a) The Areopagus.
(b) The oracles.
(c) The Colopagus.
(d) The Eumidagos.

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

4. What do the Eumenides claim about Orestes' travels in the second part of "The Eumenides"?
(a) The voyage should have killed him.
(b) Orestes is defying the will of the gods.
(c) Apollo has been granting him unfair advantages in his travels.
(d) His journey has been useless.

5. What do the Furies complain about when they awaken in the beginning of "The Eumenides"?
(a) The Ancients.
(b) The younger gods.
(c) The elder gods.
(d) Orestes.

6. 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 cursed Clytemnestra and was passing on judgment.
(c) He was passing on Zeus's judgment about justice.
(d) He favored Agamemnon and was avenging his death.

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 and father are always equal, except in the case of Clytemnestra.
(c) The mother is much more important than the father.
(d) The father is much more important than the mother.

8. 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.

9. 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 cut Aegisthus's throat.
(d) Cilissa must bring Aegisthus alone.

10. What is coming true for Clytemnestra in the fourth part of "The Libation Bearers"?
(a) A curse passed on by Apollo.
(b) A blessing given to her by Hera.
(c) A prophecy revealed by Demeter.
(d) Her dream about the snake.

11. What is the main conflict between Athena and the Furies?
(a) The Furies wish for Athena to join them.
(b) They argue about whether the old gods or young gods are more relevant.
(c) The Furies want to overthrow Zeus, but Athena will not allow them.
(d) The Furies believe Athena is unfavorably judging them.

12. 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 supports Orestes.
(d) She will punish the guilty party herself.

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

14. What does Orestes firmly reinforce while protesting his innocence to the council?
(a) He was acting on Apollo's will.
(b) He was acting on his father's will.
(c) He was acting on his own will.
(d) He was acting on Zeus's will.

15. What does Aegisthus claim after his entrance in "The Libation Bearers"?
(a) He is the father of Orestes.
(b) He is the wisest man in Mycenae.
(c) He is thrice blessed by the gods.
(d) He cannot be fooled.

Short Answer Questions

1. What must Aegisthus bring with him to the palace?

2. What ends up freeing Orestes from the Furies at the end of "The Eumenides"?

3. About whom was the oracle's vision?

4. Why does Apollo appear at his altar?

5. Where does the beginning of "The Eumenides" take place?

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