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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 Clytemnestra call out for when she hears the noise from inside the palace in the third part of "The Libation Bearers"?
(a) An axe.
(b) The Furies.
(c) Zeus's intervention.
(d) A sword.

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

3. What do Orestes and Electra ask of their father's spirit?
(a) They ask for safe passage to the castle.
(b) They ask for forgiveness.
(c) They ask for release.
(d) They ask for strength and guidance.

4. Where was Orestes when he was told to avenge his father?
(a) The oracle at Delphi.
(b) Athens.
(c) Ithaca.
(d) Sparta.

5. Why does Apollo appear at his altar?
(a) He is called down by the oracle.
(b) He senses the presence of the Furies.
(c) He wants to help Orestes.
(d) He appears at his altar daily.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. Whom must Cilissa go fetch?

5. What question does Orestes ask Pylades while confronted by his mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Orestes defend himself in his trial?

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

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

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

6. 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"?

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

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

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

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

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