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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 does Orestes hold up as proof that his father has been avenged?
(a) His mother's bloody robes.
(b) The crown.
(c) Aegisthus's bloody robes.
(d) The cloth that Agamemnon was trapped in before he was murdered.

2. What does Pylades advise Orestes to do?
(a) The oracle said Orestes must kill his mother.
(b) Orestes will be murdered by Clytemnestra if he does not kill her first.
(c) Orestes will be looked upon as weak if he does not kill Clytemnestra.
(d) Electra will be cursed if Orestes does not follow through with his revenge.

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

4. 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) A sword.
(c) The Furies.
(d) Zeus's intervention.

5. What does Orestes see when he cries out in terror after he has avenged his father's murder?
(a) Clytemnestra.
(b) Aegisthus.
(c) Agamemnon.
(d) Erinyes or Furies.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is revealed with Orestes in the fourth part of "The Libation Bearers"?

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

3. What will be the first action taken when Orestes and Pylades infiltrate the palace?

4. To whom does Orestes pray when he arrives at the destination Apollo sent him to?

5. What do the Furies claim about Orestes to Athena?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the chorus influence Cilissa when she enters?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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