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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. 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.

5. What do Orestes and Electra ask of their father's spirit?
(a) They ask for safe passage to the castle.
(b) They ask for strength and guidance.
(c) They ask for release.
(d) They ask for forgiveness.

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

7. What do the Furies complain about when Athena leaves in the second part of the third play?
(a) The Ancients.
(b) The younger gods.
(c) Humans.
(d) The older gods.

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

9. 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) His mother will haunt him for all his days.
(c) Aegisthus will try to avenge his death upon Electra.
(d) His father is cursing his son's actions.

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

11. How does Orestes introduce himself to Athena?
(a) He tells her he is Agamemnon's son.
(b) He tells her he is Electra's brother.
(c) He tells her he is Atreus's grandson.
(d) He tells her he is Clytemnestra's son.

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

13. 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.

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Orestes firmly reinforce while protesting his innocence to the council?

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

3. Where was Orestes when he was told to avenge his father?

4. Why should Apollo's claim about the nature of parenthood appeal to Athena?

5. For whom do the disguised Orestes and Pylades cry out while outside the palace?

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