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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 Apollo claim about mothers and fathers in the last part of "The Eumenides"?
(a) The mother is much more important than the father.
(b) The father is much more important than the mother.
(c) The mother and father are equal.
(d) The mother and father are always equal, except in the case of Clytemnestra.

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

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

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

5. What will Athena appoint to pass judgment on the case between Orestes and the Furies?
(a) A council of king.
(b) A council of gods.
(c) A council of Athens' elders.
(d) A court of all spirits affected by Orestes' murder of Clytemnestra.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What would happen to Orestes if he did not take revenge upon his mother, according the oracle?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. How does Orestes defend himself in his trial?

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

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

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

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

9. In the beginning of "The Eumenides", what is the oracle's vision and what does it mean?

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

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