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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 would happen to Orestes if he did not take revenge upon his mother, according the oracle?
(a) Electra would die.
(b) Orestes' own life would be cursed.
(c) Aegisthus would murder Clytemnestra.
(d) Agamemnon would suffer in Hades.

2. What is heard from inside the palace after Aegisthus enters it?
(a) Electra screaming as Aegisthus murders her.
(b) Pylades is screaming as Aegisthus murders him.
(c) Orestes screaming as he is murdered by Aegisthus.
(d) Aegisthus screaming as he is being murdered.

3. What will be the first action taken when Orestes and Pylades infiltrate the palace?
(a) Cilissa will be alerted.
(b) Clytemnestra will be killed.
(c) Electra will be guided to safety.
(d) Aegisthus will be killed.

4. What does Orestes firmly reinforce while protesting his innocence to the council?
(a) He was acting on Apollo's will.
(b) He was acting on his father's will.
(c) He was acting on his own will.
(d) He was acting on Zeus's will.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why is it important that Athena know about Orestes' familial relations?

3. About whom was the oracle's vision?

4. When the Furies do not awaken, what does the ghost urge them to dream about?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Orestes and Pylades get inside the palace?

2. After he is freed at the end of "The Oresteia", what does Orestes claim to want for the future?

3. According to their words in the second part of the third play, what do the Furies believe about their rights?

4. What does Apollo say about the rights of parents during Orestes' trial?

5. According to what he tells Electra and the chorus, why is Orestes seeking vengeance for his father's death?

6. Who is revealed to be encouraging the Furies to hunt Orestes and why?

7. What does Orestes find ironic about the deaths of Aegisthus and Clytemnestra?

8. How does Clytemnestra attempt to defend herself against Orestes in the last part of "The Libation Bearers"?

9. How does the chorus know that Aegisthus is being murdered?

10. Why is Clytemnestra's dream significant to Orestes?

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