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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. About whom was the oracle's vision?
(a) Orestes and the Furies.
(b) Clytemnestra.
(c) Agamemnon.
(d) Electra.

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

3. According to Apollo, why should Orestes be left alone?
(a) Electra would have killed Clytemnestra and Orestes saved her from it.
(b) Clytemnestra deserved to die.
(c) Apollo himself sent Orestes to kill his mother.
(d) Orestes was meant to kill his mother a long time ago.

4. 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 is much more important than the father.
(c) The mother and father are equal.
(d) The father is much more important than the mother.

5. What confuses Orestes about Clytemnestra's orders for the tomb?
(a) He does not know why she is desecrating the tomb.
(b) He does not know why she does not perform the ritual herself.
(c) He does not know why libations must be poured over it.
(d) He does not know why she cares.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the Furies turn into at Athena's behest at the very end of The Oresteia?

2. What does Orestes believe about the vision he is having at the end of "The Libation Bearers"?

3. What does Orestes wonder about Aegisthus after he has murdered his mother?

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

5. What do the Furies complain about when Athena leaves in the second part of the third play?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Athena decide to do about judging the case between Orestes and the Furies?

2. What was Clytemnestra's dream?

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

4. What is the conflict between the Furies and Apollo?

5. Why is it important that Orestes tell Athena who his father was when the goddess comes to him?

6. What are the Furies and why are they tormenting Orestes at the end of "The Libation Bearers"?

7. What does Orestes mean when he cries out to Zeus in the second part of "The Libation Bearers"?

8. After receiving false news in the third part of the second play, what is Clytemnestra's reaction to news of Orestes' supposed death?

9. Why does Orestes decide to go back to the oracle?

10. In the beginning of "The Eumenides", what is the oracle's vision and what does it mean?

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