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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 does the action of the third part of "The Libation Bearers" take place?
(a) Inside the palace.
(b) Inside the temple to Zeus.
(c) In front of the palace.
(d) At Agamemnon's tomb.

2. How does Orestes introduce himself to Athena?
(a) He tells her he is Atreus's grandson.
(b) He tells her he is Clytemnestra's son.
(c) He tells her he is Electra's brother.
(d) He tells her he is Agamemnon's son.

3. What does Pylades advise Orestes to do?
(a) Orestes will be murdered by Clytemnestra if he does not kill her first.
(b) The oracle said Orestes must kill his mother.
(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.

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

5. What does Aegisthus claim after his entrance in "The Libation Bearers"?
(a) He is thrice blessed by the gods.
(b) He is the father of Orestes.
(c) He cannot be fooled.
(d) He is the wisest man in Mycenae.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where does the beginning of "The Eumenides" take place?

3. Why does Apollo claim that Clytemnestra needed to be killed?

4. About whom was the oracle's vision?

5. What is the question on the chorus's mind after Orestes flees the palace?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What was Clytemnestra's dream?

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

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

7. How does Orestes defend himself in his trial?

8. What ends up being the fate of the Furies at the end of the play?

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

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

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