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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

Compare and contrast the reactions of Clytemnestra and Cilissa when they receive false news of Orestes' "death." Consider, then, the words of Apollo in the third play about the roles of the mother and the father in a child's life. What is the play saying about the nature of maternal love? Create a strong thesis and use specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

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

In "The Oresteia", what is the relationship between the gods and men? Consider how Apollo and Athena interact with the mortals versus the way the Furies act. How do the humans pray to the gods? How do the gods feel about the humans and vice versa? Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

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