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The Oresteia Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When does the second play take place?



2. How does Agamemnon make his entrance?



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



4. What does Clytemnestra remind the chorus to do after Aegisthus's outburst?



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



Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Menelaus, according to the herald?



2. What was Clytemnestra's dream?



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



4. What are Agamemnon's feelings about Troy?



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



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



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



8. After receiving false news in the third part of the second play, what is Clytemnestra's reaction to news of Orestes' supposed death?



9. What does Orestes find mysterious about the women approaching Agamemnon's tomb?



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



Essay Topics

When the Greek tragedies were first written, the stories and characters were well known to the audiences, which is why "The Oresteia" has a fairly complicated web of plot lines, history, and characters. Luckily, for modern audiences who may not be as familiar with these stories, though, characters, especially the chorus, offer insight and back stories in what is about to take place. Discuss the use of exposition in "The Oresteia". Does it add to or subtract from the content of the play? Is it strictly necessary to be familiar already with these stories? Why? Cite specific examples from the text to support your claims.

Consider the reactions the chorus and Orestes have to Clytemnestra's relationship with Aegisthus. Conversely, look at how the chorus and Clytemnestra treat Agamemnon when he reveals that he has brought Cassandra back with him as a concubine. What do these differing reactions signify about the roles of men and women in this play? Are these a reflection of the time? Bear in mind that in the first play the chorus is comprised of old men. Cite specific examples from the text to support your argument.

The language of "The Oresteia" alternates between being simple dialogue and poetically complicated. Discuss the use of language in the following format:

Part 1) The chorus invoking the gods.

Part 2) The simple exchanges of dialogue.

Part 3) The stylized speeches of Cassandra and the Furies.

Cite specific examples from the text.

(see the answer keys)

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