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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. Where was Orestes when he was told to avenge his father?
(a) Ithaca.
(b) The oracle at Delphi.
(c) Athens.
(d) Sparta.

2. In the last part of "The Eumenides", why does Apollo appear in the court?
(a) He is there to keep the Furies under control.
(b) He is there to testify in Orestes' favor.
(c) He is there to testify against Orestes.
(d) He is there to protect Orestes during the trial.

3. Why does Apollo claim that Clytemnestra needed to be killed?
(a) She would have murdered her own children had she not been killed.
(b) She was an adulteress.
(c) Iphigenia was wrongly murdered.
(d) She killed her husband.

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

5. Why does Apollo appear at his altar?
(a) He is called down by the oracle.
(b) He appears at his altar daily.
(c) He senses the presence of the Furies.
(d) He wants to help Orestes.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Clytemnestra grieve after the false news of her son's death?

3. What does Orestes realize about his mother's dream?

4. Whose ghost is urging the Eumenides to chase Orestes?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Apollo appear to Orestes while at Delphi?

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

6. How does Orestes defend himself in his trial?

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

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

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

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

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