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 realize about his mother's dream?

2. What has Electra been forced to do in the years since her father's death?

3. What question does Orestes ask Pylades while confronted by his mother?

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

5. How does Orestes convince Electra that he is her brother when they find each other at Agamemnon's tomb?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the conflict between the Furies and Apollo?

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

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

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

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

7. What are the Furies and why are they tormenting Orestes at the end of "The Libation Bearers"?

8. What was Clytemnestra's dream?

9. How does Orestes defend himself in his trial?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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