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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the oracle?
(a) Orestes' sister.
(b) A priest who speaks to the gods.
(c) A woman who prophesizes from the gods.
(d) A priestess of Hera.

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

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

4. What does Orestes hold up as proof that his father has been avenged?
(a) The cloth that Agamemnon was trapped in before he was murdered.
(b) Aegisthus's bloody robes.
(c) His mother's bloody robes.
(d) The crown.

5. 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) Apollo himself sent Orestes to kill his mother.
(d) Electra would have killed Clytemnestra and Orestes saved her from it.

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

7. What do the Furies demand to know in court from Orestes?
(a) They demand to know how he keeps getting favored by the gods.
(b) They demand he explain what he did and why.
(c) They demand to know why he was exiled for so many years.
(d) They demand to know whether he loved his mother or not.

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

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

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

11. Whom must Cilissa go fetch?
(a) Electra.
(b) Aegisthus.
(c) Clytemnestra.
(d) The leader of the chorus.

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

13. 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.

14. According to Apollo in the first part of the third play, where must Orestes travel?
(a) Athens.
(b) Mycenae.
(c) Crete.
(d) Sparta.

15. Why should Apollo's claim about the nature of parenthood appeal to Athena?
(a) Athena has no father and was born from Hera's head.
(b) Athena has no mother and was born from Zeus's head.
(c) Athena was abandoned by her father.
(d) Athena was abandoned by her mother.

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom does the oracle pray after her vision in the beginning of The Eumenides?

2. From where has Athena flown when she makes her entrance?

3. To whom does Orestes pray when he arrives at the destination Apollo sent him to?

4. What does Athena decide about the case presented to her by Orestes and the Furies?

5. What question does Orestes ask Pylades while confronted by his mother?

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