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. Why does Apollo appear at his altar?

2. What is heard from inside the palace after Aegisthus enters it?

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

4. What does Orestes wonder about Aegisthus after he has murdered his mother?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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