The Oresteia Test | Final Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. From where has Athena flown when she makes her entrance?
(a) Delphi.
(b) Mycenae.
(c) Rome.
(d) Troy.

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

4. 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.

5. What does Orestes promise Zeus if he succeeds in his revenge?
(a) He will build a grand altar for Zeus.
(b) He will worship the gods as humbly as he can.
(c) He will live anonymously and wisely.
(d) He will restore the glory of their name.

6. What does Orestes wonder about Aegisthus after he has murdered his mother?
(a) He wonders if Aegisthus was truly guilty.
(b) He wonders if Aegisthus suffered during his death.
(c) He wonders if Aegisthus was repenting his sins in the last moments of his life.
(d) He wonders if Aegisthus is receiving an adulterer's punishment.

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

8. In the last part of "The Eumenides", why does Apollo appear in the court?
(a) He is there to testify in Orestes' favor.
(b) He is there to keep the Furies under control.
(c) He is there to testify against Orestes.
(d) He is there to protect Orestes during the trial.

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

10. How does Clytemnestra plead for her life to Orestes?
(a) She tells him Iphigenia pleaded for her life before being sacrificed.
(b) She reminds Orestes that she is his mother.
(c) She reminds him that Electra will be motherless.
(d) She tells Orestes she was ordered by Zeus to kill Agamemnon.

11. According to the chorus, to what did Clytemnestra give birth in her dream?
(a) A gorgon.
(b) A lion.
(c) A snake.
(d) A goat.

12. 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 whether he loved his mother or not.
(d) They demand to know why he was exiled for so many years.

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

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

15. For whom do the disguised Orestes and Pylades cry out while outside the palace?
(a) Electra.
(b) Aegisthus.
(c) Clytemnestra.
(d) Cilissa.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What will Athena appoint to pass judgment on the case between Orestes and the Furies?

3. What has Electra been forced to do in the years since her father's death?

4. What does Orestes hold up as proof that his father has been avenged?

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

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