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 Orestes promise Zeus if he succeeds in his revenge?

2. What confuses Orestes about Clytemnestra's orders for the tomb?

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

4. Why does Clytemnestra grieve after the false news of her son's death?

5. What does Apollo tell the court about his decree to Orestes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Clytemnestra's dream?

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

3. How does Clytemnestra attempt to defend herself against Orestes in the last part of "The Libation Bearers"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Cassandra's role in the first play? What is her history with the house of Atreus? Is she the only inherently tragic figure in "The Oresteia"? Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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