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. What is coming true for Clytemnestra in the fourth part of "The Libation Bearers"?

3. What does Orestes hold up as proof that his father has been avenged?

4. Whose ghost is urging the Eumenides to chase Orestes?

5. Whom must Cilissa go fetch?

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. What was Clytemnestra's dream?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How do Orestes and Pylades get inside the palace?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the god Apollo. On one hand, he is Orestes' savior, offering his support and guidance of the young man at every turn. On the other hand, Apollo has ruined Cassandra's life, cursing her and allowing Troy to be defeated. Explore the conflicting roles of Apollo and how he has affected the events of "The Oresteia". Cite specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the use of the chorus in "The Oresteia".

Part 1) Analyze their roles as observers in all three plays.

Part 2) How does the chorus become active participants and characters at certain points?

Part 3) How is the chorus able to act as a guide for the audience and readers?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to write about:

1) Agamemnon and Clytemnestra's conflict about how he is welcomed home from war.

2) The role of the Furies in this tragedy.

3) Athena's decision that a council of mortals needs to decide Orestes' fate.

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