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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

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

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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