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

2. What do the Furies tell Apollo about their hunt for Orestes?
(a) It is their right to hunt someone who has left his sister an orphan.
(b) It is their right to avenge the death of Iphigenia upon anyone connected.
(c) It is their right to hunt whom they please.
(d) It is their right to punish those who murder their mothers.

3. What do the Furies demand to know in court from Orestes?
(a) They demand he explain what he did and why.
(b) They demand to know how he keeps getting favored by the gods.
(c) They demand to know whether he loved his mother or not.
(d) They demand to know why he was exiled for so many years.

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

5. Why should Apollo's claim about the nature of parenthood appeal to Athena?
(a) Athena has no father and was born from Hera's head.
(b) Athena was abandoned by her mother.
(c) Athena has no mother and was born from Zeus's head.
(d) Athena was abandoned by her father.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where does the action of the third part of "The Libation Bearers" take place?

3. What is the main conflict between Athena and the Furies?

4. What does Athena proclaim before the judges announce their vote at the end of "The Eumenides"?

5. What is heard from inside the palace after Aegisthus enters it?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Orestes defend himself in his trial?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why do the Furies claim Orestes' journey to Athens has been useless when they catch up with him in the second part of "The Eumenides"?

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