The Oresteia Test | Final 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 does Aegisthus claim after his entrance in "The Libation Bearers"?

2. Why does Apollo appear at his altar?

3. Where does the beginning of "The Eumenides" take place?

4. How does Orestes introduce himself to Athena?

5. Whose ghost is urging the Eumenides to chase Orestes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Apollo appear to Orestes while at Delphi?

2. What does Athena decide to do about judging the case between Orestes and the Furies?

3. How do Orestes and Pylades get inside the palace?

4. Why does Orestes decide to go back to the oracle?

5. Why do the Furies claim Orestes' journey to Athens has been useless when they catch up with him in the second part of "The Eumenides"?

6. According to their words in the second part of the third play, what do the Furies believe about their rights?

7. According to what he tells Electra and the chorus, why is Orestes seeking vengeance for his father's death?

8. Who is revealed to be encouraging the Furies to hunt Orestes and why?

9. What was Clytemnestra's dream?

10. How does the chorus influence Cilissa when she enters?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

When the Greek tragedies were first written, the stories and characters were well known to the audiences, which is why "The Oresteia" has a fairly complicated web of plot lines, history, and characters. Luckily, for modern audiences who may not be as familiar with these stories, though, characters, especially the chorus, offer insight and back stories in what is about to take place. Discuss the use of exposition in "The Oresteia". Does it add to or subtract from the content of the play? Is it strictly necessary to be familiar already with these stories? Why? Cite specific examples from the text to support your claims.

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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