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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What city does Clytemnestra describe as being ruined, burned, and full of mourning for the dead?
(a) Troy.
(b) Delphi.
(c) Mycenae.
(d) Athens.

2. What does Electra find when she wonders aloud if her brother has returned?
(a) Pylades' pack.
(b) A campfire.
(c) Offerings to the gods.
(d) Orestes and Pylades' footprints.

3. In which city does "The Oresteia" begin?
(a) Delphi.
(b) Troy.
(c) Athens.
(d) Mycenae.

4. According to the chorus in the second part of the first play, what will always prevail?
(a) Vengeance.
(b) Loyalty.
(c) Love.
(d) Justice.

5. According to the chorus, what is the only thing Electra can pray for while at Agamemnon's grave?
(a) Her own freedom.
(b) The death of her father's murderers.
(c) Her mother's salvation.
(d) The return of her family.

Short Answer Questions

1. What god does the leader of the chorus praise for Agamemnon's victory?

2. What does Clytemnestra wish for herself and her country at the end of the Agamemnon?

3. Why does Agamemnon walk inside his palace the way he does?

4. For what does the leader of the chorus praise Agamemnon upon his return?

5. How does Electra know the offering on the tomb came from Orestes?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Clytemnestra describe her life to her husband during Agamemnon's absence?

2. How did Agamemnon make the winds blow so that they might sail to Troy before the events of the play?

3. What is significant about Agamemnon walking into his palace barefoot?

4. What are the disputes amongst the chorus when they hear Agamemnon screaming from inside the palace?

5. What feelings does the Watchman have while on the roof in the beginning of the play?

6. What are Agamemnon's feelings about Troy?

7. What happened to Menelaus, according to the herald?

8. Why did Agamemnon go to Troy?

9. What does Aegisthus claim about himself and about the murders?

10. What evidence does Electra find that convinces her Orestes has returned to Mycenae?

(see the answer keys)

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