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 ends up freeing Orestes from the Furies at the end of "The Eumenides"?

2. What do the Furies complain about when they awaken in the beginning of "The Eumenides"?

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

4. Why does Orestes wish to return to the oracle at the end of "The Libation Bearers"?

5. What does Athena decide about the case presented to her by Orestes and the Furies?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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"?

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

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

6. How does Orestes defend himself in his trial?

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

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

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

10. What was Clytemnestra's dream?

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

Choose one of the following topics to write about:

1) The description of Clytemnestra being "god abandoned."

2) Clytemnestra's relationship with Aegisthus.

3) The use of the Trojan women as the chorus in the second play.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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