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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What happened to Clytemnestra in her dream when she tried to nurse what she'd been birthed?
(a) The snake bit her and drew blood.
(b) The goat ran away.
(c) The gorgon turned her to stone.
(d) The lion mauled her.

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

8. 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.

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

10. What does Orestes realize about his mother's dream?
(a) It prophesizes the death of Electra
(b) It prophesizes the murder of Clytemnestra by Aegisthus.
(c) It prophesizes his revenge against his mother.
(d) It prophesizes his failure in his revenge.

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

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

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

14. 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 father is much more important than the mother.
(d) The mother is much more important than the father.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the last part of "The Eumenides", why does Apollo appear in the court?

2. Why is it important that Athena know about Orestes' familial relations?

3. For what does the chorus pray in the third part of the second play?

4. What is coming true for Clytemnestra in the fourth part of "The Libation Bearers"?

5. What does Athena name the judges who will vote on whether Orestes is guilty or not in the last part of the third play?

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