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 Orestes realize about his mother's dream?

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

3. What false news does the disguised Orestes give Clytemnestra?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. After he is freed at the end of "The Oresteia", what does Orestes claim to want for the future?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What was Clytemnestra's dream?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to write about:

1) Agamemnon and Clytemnestra's conflict about how he is welcomed home from war.

2) The role of the Furies in this tragedy.

3) Athena's decision that a council of mortals needs to decide Orestes' fate.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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