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

2. What does Aegisthus claim after his entrance in "The Libation Bearers"?

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

4. What does Apollo claim about mothers and fathers in the last part of "The Eumenides"?

5. What do the Furies tell Apollo about their hunt for Orestes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Orestes mean when he cries out to Zeus in the second part of "The Libation Bearers"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Choose one of the following options to write about. Cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

1) Electra as a passive character.

2) The herald's statements about the price of victory in war.

3) The curse on the house of Atreus.

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