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 will Athena appoint to pass judgment on the case between Orestes and the Furies?

2. In the last part of "The Eumenides", why does Apollo appear in the court?

3. In what state is Orestes' old nurse, Cilissa, upon hearing that Orestes was murdered?

4. What happened to Clytemnestra in her dream when she tried to nurse what she'd been birthed?

5. What is the main conflict between Athena and the Furies?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In the beginning of "The Eumenides", what is the oracle's vision and what does it mean?

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

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

6. Why is it important that Orestes tell Athena who his father was when the goddess comes to him?

7. Why is Clytemnestra's dream significant to Orestes?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the use of foreshadowing in "The Oresteia". What different forms are used to convey the foreshadowing? How does the heightened language of the play help? How do the chorus and Cassandra's prophecy foreshadow the coming events? Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following options to write about. Cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

1) Electra as a passive character.

2) The herald's statements about the price of victory in war.

3) The curse on the house of Atreus.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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