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. According to the chorus in the second part of the first play, what will always prevail?

3. What goddess demanded Iphigenia in sacrifice?

4. What does Clytemnestra's entrance reveal in the fifth part of "The Agamemnon"?

5. What gift did Apollo give Cassandra before the events of The Oresteia?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the chorus of women comment upon while bewailing their grief over Agamemnon?

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

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

4. What is the continuing theme among the chorus as to what happened to Troy and why?

5. What visions does Cassandra see when she looks at the palace?

6. What is Electra supposed to do at her father's tomb?

7. Why does the chorus call out for Orestes to return home at the end of the first play?

8. What is significant about Agamemnon walking into his palace barefoot?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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