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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is it important that Athena know about Orestes' familial relations?
(a) Athena favors Electra as a priestess.
(b) Athena favored Clytemnestra above all other queens.
(c) Athena cursed Atreus.
(d) Athena favored Agamemnon during the Trojan War.

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

3. 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 want to overthrow Zeus, but Athena will not allow them.
(c) The Furies believe Athena is unfavorably judging them.
(d) The Furies wish for Athena to join them.

4. What ends up freeing Orestes from the Furies at the end of "The Eumenides"?
(a) Agamemnon's spirit asks the Furies to pursue him in Orestes' place.
(b) Clytemnestra's spirit pleads for her son's freedom.
(c) The Areopagus votes for Orestes.
(d) Athena's vote for Orestes breaks the tie in the Areopagus.

5. In what state is Orestes' old nurse, Cilissa, upon hearing that Orestes was murdered?
(a) She is confused.
(b) She is distraught.
(c) She is happy.
(d) She is relieved.

6. Why does Orestes wish to return to the oracle at the end of "The Libation Bearers"?
(a) He wants to receive absolution for his deeds.
(b) He wants another prophecy revealed to him.
(c) He wants to be reassured that he did the right thing.
(d) He wants to receive punishment for his deeds.

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

8. 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 agents aiming for the betterment of the world.
(d) They become messengers alongside Hermes.

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

10. To whom does Orestes pray when he arrives at the destination Apollo sent him to?
(a) Demeter.
(b) Athena.
(c) Hera.
(d) Aphrodite.

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

12. What must Aegisthus bring with him to the palace?
(a) Agamemnon's body.
(b) Orestes' sword.
(c) A regiment of soldiers.
(d) Offerings to the gods.

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

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Aegisthus claim after his entrance in "The Libation Bearers"?

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

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

4. What is the question on the chorus's mind after Orestes flees the palace?

5. According to Apollo in the first part of the third play, where must Orestes travel?

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