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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. According to Apollo in the first part of the third play, where must Orestes travel?
(a) Crete.
(b) Sparta.
(c) Mycenae.
(d) Athens.

2. What would happen to Orestes if he did not take revenge upon his mother, according the oracle?
(a) Aegisthus would murder Clytemnestra.
(b) Electra would die.
(c) Agamemnon would suffer in Hades.
(d) Orestes' own life would be cursed.

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

4. How does Orestes convince Electra that he is her brother when they find each other at Agamemnon's tomb?
(a) He looks like their father.
(b) He is wearing the robe she made for him.
(c) He has the marks from their mother's abuse on him.
(d) He bears letters from her.

5. What is the result of the judges' vote after the trial?
(a) The judges did not vote as they wished to avoid the wrath of the Furies and of the gods.
(b) The vote is divided evenly.
(c) The vote is in favor of Orestes.
(d) The vote is in favor of the Furies.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened to Clytemnestra in her dream when she tried to nurse what she'd been birthed?

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

3. What false news does the disguised Orestes give Clytemnestra?

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

5. Why is it important that Athena know about Orestes' familial relations?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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"?

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. How do Orestes and Pylades get inside the palace?

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

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

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