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. Who is the oracle?

2. What is the result of the judges' vote after the trial?

3. What does Orestes hold up as proof that his father has been avenged?

4. To whom does the oracle pray after her vision in the beginning of The Eumenides?

5. About whom was the oracle's vision?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the chorus know that Aegisthus is being murdered?

3. What ends up being the fate of the Furies at the end of the play?

4. After receiving false news in the third part of the second play, what is Clytemnestra's reaction to news of Orestes' supposed death?

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. What does Orestes mean when he cries out to Zeus in the second part of "The Libation Bearers"?

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

8. After he is freed at the end of "The Oresteia", what does Orestes claim to want for the future?

9. What does Apollo say about the rights of parents during Orestes' trial?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Choose one of the following topics to write about:

1) The description of Clytemnestra being "god abandoned."

2) Clytemnestra's relationship with Aegisthus.

3) The use of the Trojan women as the chorus in the second play.

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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