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. For what does Aegisthus thank the gods in the fifth part of the first play?

2. What did Apollo expect in return for the gift he granted to Cassandra?

3. What had Clytemnestra told her daughter to say in her prayers before she comes to the tomb in the second play?

4. To whom does Electra pray while at Agamemnon's tomb?

5. After Cassandra enters the castle and their monologue is interrupted, what dispute rises amongst the chorus?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Aegisthus claim about himself and about the murders?

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

3. To what does the chorus compare Troy and why?

4. What feelings does the Watchman have while on the roof in the beginning of the play?

5. What are the disputes amongst the chorus when they hear Agamemnon screaming from inside the palace?

6. What is the Watchman's duty at the beginning of "The Agamemnon"?

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

8. How does Cassandra describe Apollo and why?

9. How does Clytemnestra describe her life to her husband during Agamemnon's absence?

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

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

Clytemnestra and Orestes are two of the main characters upon which "The Oresteia" is centered. Discuss the following:

Part 1) Compare and contrast Clytemnestra and Orestes.

Part 2) How do their missions of vengeance differ and how do the gods (including the Furies) look upon them?

Part 3) Orestes' exile by Clytemnestra and how it affects the outcome of the play.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of foreshadowing in "The Oresteia". What different forms are used to convey the foreshadowing? How does the heightened language of the play help? How do the chorus and Cassandra's prophecy foreshadow the coming events? Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

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