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. To whom does the oracle pray after her vision in the beginning of The Eumenides?

2. What does Orestes believe about the vision he is having at the end of "The Libation Bearers"?

3. When the Furies do not awaken, what does the ghost urge them to dream about?

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

5. What would happen to Orestes if he did not take revenge upon his mother, according the oracle?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Athena decide to do about judging the case between Orestes and the Furies?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Clytemnestra and Orestes are two of the main characters upon which "The Oresteia" is centered. Discuss the following:

Part 1) Compare and contrast Clytemnestra and Orestes.

Part 2) How do their missions of vengeance differ and how do the gods (including the Furies) look upon them?

Part 3) Orestes' exile by Clytemnestra and how it affects the outcome of the play.

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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