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 does Pylades advise Orestes to do?

2. What does Athena proclaim before the judges announce their vote at the end of "The Eumenides"?

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

4. What must Aegisthus bring with him to the palace?

5. What has Electra been forced to do in the years since her father's death?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Orestes defend himself in his trial?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discuss the use of dramatic irony within "The Oresteia". What characters seem to be the victims of this? Why can these characters never truly fulfill their goals? City specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of foreshadowing in "The Oresteia". What different forms are used to convey the foreshadowing? How does the heightened language of the play help? How do the chorus and Cassandra's prophecy foreshadow the coming events? Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

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