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

2. How does Orestes introduce himself to Athena?

3. What is the question on the chorus's mind after Orestes flees the palace?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Orestes defend himself in his trial?

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

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

5. What does Orestes find ironic about the deaths of Aegisthus and Clytemnestra?

6. Why do the Furies claim Orestes' journey to Athens has been useless when they catch up with him in the second part of "The Eumenides"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is "The Oresteia" inherently misogynistic? Create a strong thesis (it is suggested that this thesis be centered on the characters for the sake of clarity) arguing that "The Oresteia" is or is not misogynistic. Points to consider are the treatment of Clytemnestra by the chorus, the role of Aegisthus, and Apollo's views on parents in the third play.

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