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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What is the question on the chorus's mind after Orestes flees the palace?
(a) They wonder if Electra will follow her brother.
(b) They wonder if Orestes was truly ordered by the gods to avenge Agamemnon.
(c) They wonder who will take the throne in Mycenae.
(d) They wonder if the family will ever break their curse.

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

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

6. What does Clytemnestra call out for when she hears the noise from inside the palace in the third part of "The Libation Bearers"?
(a) An axe.
(b) The Furies.
(c) Zeus's intervention.
(d) A sword.

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

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

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

10. What does Apollo tell the court about his decree to Orestes?
(a) He favored Agamemnon and was avenging his death.
(b) He cursed Clytemnestra and was passing on judgment.
(c) He was passing on Zeus's judgment about justice.
(d) He was not acting upon any other's will but his own.

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

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

13. What do the Furies claim about Orestes to Athena?
(a) He will kill all women if allowed to live.
(b) He is cursed by his mother.
(c) He is unfit to speak for himself.
(d) He will taint his sister's grace if allowed to live.

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

15. When the Furies do not awaken, what does the ghost urge them to dream about?
(a) Avenging their souls on their murderers.
(b) Destroying Orestes.
(c) Running in the fields.
(d) Hunting wild animals.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. According to the chorus, to what did Clytemnestra give birth in her dream?

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

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

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