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. For what does the herald thank the gods?

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

3. What does part of the chorus suggest to Clytemnestra about her actions when they confront her?

4. What has Clytemnestra placed at all the shrines in Mycenae?

5. Who comprises the group of women at Agamemnon's tomb?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Aegisthus threaten the chorus?

4. What evidence does Electra find that convinces her Orestes has returned to Mycenae?

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

6. What are the herald's thoughts on the effects of the war?

7. What is the dispute Agamemnon and Clytemnestra have about his homecoming?

8. Why does Cassandra finally walk into the palace?

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

10. Why did Agamemnon go to Troy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the god Apollo. On one hand, he is Orestes' savior, offering his support and guidance of the young man at every turn. On the other hand, Apollo has ruined Cassandra's life, cursing her and allowing Troy to be defeated. Explore the conflicting roles of Apollo and how he has affected the events of "The Oresteia". Cite specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the use of the chorus in "The Oresteia".

Part 1) Analyze their roles as observers in all three plays.

Part 2) How does the chorus become active participants and characters at certain points?

Part 3) How is the chorus able to act as a guide for the audience and readers?

Essay Topic 3

Create a thesis centered around the argument that a good deal of the problems in "The Oresteia" are the results of a generational conflict. Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments. Points to consider include:

1) The differing approaches to revenge and justice in each generation.

2) The conflict between the elder gods and the younger gods.

3) Athena's peace offering to the Furies at the end of the play.

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