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 is Cassandra's reaction to Clytemnestra?

2. In her first appearance, Clytemnestra claims the chorus does not believe her. On what grounds does she base this claim?

3. What does Clytemnestra assume about Cassandra?

4. What is Cassandra's last vision in "The Agamemnon"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Cassandra finally walk into the palace?

2. What news does Clytemnestra bring the chorus in the beginning of "The Agamemnon"?

3. How does the chorus compare life to a ship at sea during "The Agamemnon"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. For what is the herald giving thanks during his entrance?

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

What are the roles of justice and revenge in "The Oresteia"? What are the differences between the two? What characters seek justice and what characters seek revenge? How does this reflect upon the play cycle as a whole? Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

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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