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. Why is it important that Athena know about Orestes' familial relations?

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

3. According to the chorus, to what did Clytemnestra give birth in her dream?

4. What does Orestes remind his mother of when she pleads for her life?

5. What ends up freeing Orestes from the Furies at the end of "The Eumenides"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In "The Oresteia", what is the relationship between the gods and men? Consider how Apollo and Athena interact with the mortals versus the way the Furies act. How do the humans pray to the gods? How do the gods feel about the humans and vice versa? Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

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