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. For whom do the disguised Orestes and Pylades cry out while outside the palace?

2. What does Clytemnestra call out for when she hears the noise from inside the palace in the third part of "The Libation Bearers"?

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

4. What does Orestes wonder about Aegisthus after he has murdered his mother?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Orestes defend himself in his trial?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A constant, repeated theme in the first play of "The Oresteia" is that the Trojans got what they deserved when their city fell and people killed or enslaved. Explore this theme in the larger context of the entire play cycle. What does it mean when characters in "The Oresteia" are justifiably punished? How do they react to being punished? Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following options to write about:

1) Agamemnon and women.

2) Clytemnestra's role in setting the Furies upon Orestes.

3) Cassandra's prophecies.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

What are the roles of justice and revenge in "The Oresteia"? What are the differences between the two? What characters seek justice and what characters seek revenge? How does this reflect upon the play cycle as a whole? Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

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