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 is the main conflict between Athena and the Furies?

2. What does Orestes remind his mother of when she pleads for her life?

3. What does Pylades advise Orestes to do?

4. Why is it important that Athena know about Orestes' familial relations?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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"?

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

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

7. What was Clytemnestra's dream?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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