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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 the chorus instruct Cilissa to do instead of following Clytemnestra's orders?
(a) Cilissa must push Aegisthus into the bay.
(b) Cilissa must cut Aegisthus's throat.
(c) Cilissa must bring Aegisthus alone.
(d) Cilissa must convince Aegisthus to cleanse himself.

2. When the Furies do not awaken, what does the ghost urge them to dream about?
(a) Running in the fields.
(b) Hunting wild animals.
(c) Destroying Orestes.
(d) Avenging their souls on their murderers.

3. What do the Furies celebrate in poem and dance in the second part of "The Eumenides"?
(a) The freedom of Clytemnestra's soul.
(b) Their immortality, power, and divine right.
(c) The vengeance of all women.
(d) The imminent death of Orestes.

4. What is the main conflict between Athena and the Furies?
(a) The Furies believe Athena is unfavorably judging them.
(b) The Furies want to overthrow Zeus, but Athena will not allow them.
(c) The Furies wish for Athena to join them.
(d) They argue about whether the old gods or young gods are more relevant.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Orestes wish to return to the oracle at the end of "The Libation Bearers"?

2. What do the Eumenides claim about Orestes' travels in the second part of "The Eumenides"?

3. What does Apollo claim about mothers and fathers in the last part of "The Eumenides"?

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

5. What do the Furies demand to know in court from Orestes?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is revealed to be encouraging the Furies to hunt Orestes and why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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