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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. 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

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following options to write about. Cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

1) Electra as a passive character.

2) The herald's statements about the price of victory in war.

3) The curse on the house of Atreus.

Essay Topic 2

Is "The Oresteia" inherently misogynistic? Create a strong thesis (it is suggested that this thesis be centered on the characters for the sake of clarity) arguing that "The Oresteia" is or is not misogynistic. Points to consider are the treatment of Clytemnestra by the chorus, the role of Aegisthus, and Apollo's views on parents in the third play.

Essay Topic 3

In "The Oresteia", the women are the ones who are depicted as seeking revenge. With this in mind, what is the play attempting to say about women? Create a strong thesis. Points to consider include:

1) Clytemnestra's revenge for her daughter's death.

2) Cassandra's visions and her prayers that her death will be avenged.

3) The Furies as bloodthirsty, vengeful goddesses.

4) Orestes' quest of revenge.

5) The roles of Athena and Apollo in Orestes' plight.

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