The Oresteia Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Cassandra remove from her person in the fourth part of the first play?

2. How does Agamemnon agree to walk on the carpet?

3. What god does the leader of the chorus praise for Agamemnon's victory?

4. What does the signal that the man on the roof sees mean?

5. To whom does Cassandra initially cry out?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what is Agamemnon praised and what is his response when he returns to Mycenae?

2. What is Clytemnestra's vision for the future after the death of Agamemnon?

3. What is the dispute Agamemnon and Clytemnestra have about his homecoming?

4. For what does Clytemnestra take particular offense with the chorus in the last part of "The Agamemnon"?

5. What message does Clytemnestra send with the herald to Agamemnon?

6. How did Agamemnon make the winds blow so that they might sail to Troy before the events of the play?

7. What are Agamemnon's feelings about Troy?

8. According to the chorus, how must Electra pray?

9. What is Cassandra's curse and why was it placed on her?

10. What are the chorus's opinions on Paris and his actions in the second part of "The Agamemnon"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Oresteia", what is the relationship between the gods and men? Consider how Apollo and Athena interact with the mortals versus the way the Furies act. How do the humans pray to the gods? How do the gods feel about the humans and vice versa? Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the use of the chorus in "The Oresteia".

Part 1) Analyze their roles as observers in all three plays.

Part 2) How does the chorus become active participants and characters at certain points?

Part 3) How is the chorus able to act as a guide for the audience and readers?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following options to write about:

1) Agamemnon and women.

2) Clytemnestra's role in setting the Furies upon Orestes.

3) Cassandra's prophecies.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

(see the answer keys)

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