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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. For what does the chorus pray in the third part of the second play?
2. What does the chorus instruct Cilissa to do instead of following Clytemnestra's orders?
3. What happened to Clytemnestra in her dream when she tried to nurse what she'd been birthed?
4. To whom does Orestes pray when he arrives at the destination Apollo sent him to?
5. About whom was the oracle's vision?
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. How does Clytemnestra attempt to defend herself against Orestes in the last part of "The Libation Bearers"?
3. Why is Clytemnestra's dream significant to Orestes?
4. Why is it important that Orestes tell Athena who his father was when the goddess comes to him?
5. What does Apollo say about the rights of parents during Orestes' trial?
6. What is the conflict between the Furies and Apollo?
7. Why does Apollo appear to Orestes while at Delphi?
8. What are the Furies and why are they tormenting Orestes at the end of "The Libation Bearers"?
9. What does Orestes find ironic about the deaths of Aegisthus and Clytemnestra?
10. How does the chorus know that Aegisthus is being murdered?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Choose one of the following options to write about:
1) Agamemnon and women.
2) Clytemnestra's role in setting the Furies upon Orestes.
3) Cassandra's prophecies.
Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Is "The Oresteia" inherently misogynistic? Create a strong thesis (it is suggested that this thesis be centered on the characters for the sake of clarity) arguing that "The Oresteia" is or is not misogynistic. Points to consider are the treatment of Clytemnestra by the chorus, the role of Aegisthus, and Apollo's views on parents in the third play.
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