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. Why does the herald believe what he claims about Agamemnon's brother?

2. What does Clytemnestra remind the chorus to do after Aegisthus's outburst?

3. While mourning her father at his grave, what does Electra pray for the most?

4. In the first part of the first play, what signal is the man on the roof looking for?

5. How does the chorus feel about Cassandra?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Aegisthus threaten the chorus?

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

3. For what is Agamemnon praised and what is his response when he returns to Mycenae?

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

5. Why does Cassandra finally walk into the palace?

6. What are Agamemnon's feelings about Troy?

7. To what does the chorus compare Troy and why?

8. Why does Clytemnestra lose patience with Cassandra in the fourth part of "The Agamemnon"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to write about:

1) Agamemnon and Clytemnestra's conflict about how he is welcomed home from war.

2) The role of the Furies in this tragedy.

3) Athena's decision that a council of mortals needs to decide Orestes' fate.

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

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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