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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is revealed with Orestes in the fourth part of "The Libation Bearers"?

3. What do the Furies celebrate in poem and dance in the second part of "The Eumenides"?

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

5. Whom must Cilissa go fetch?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Create a thesis centered around the argument that a good deal of the problems in "The Oresteia" are the results of a generational conflict. Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments. Points to consider include:

1) The differing approaches to revenge and justice in each generation.

2) The conflict between the elder gods and the younger gods.

3) Athena's peace offering to the Furies at the end of the play.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

When the Greek tragedies were first written, the stories and characters were well known to the audiences, which is why "The Oresteia" has a fairly complicated web of plot lines, history, and characters. Luckily, for modern audiences who may not be as familiar with these stories, though, characters, especially the chorus, offer insight and back stories in what is about to take place. Discuss the use of exposition in "The Oresteia". Does it add to or subtract from the content of the play? Is it strictly necessary to be familiar already with these stories? Why? Cite specific examples from the text to support your claims.

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