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. In the last part of "The Eumenides", why does Apollo appear in the court?

2. What must Aegisthus bring with him to the palace?

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

4. From where has Athena flown when she makes her entrance?

5. What does the chorus instruct Cilissa to do instead of following Clytemnestra's orders?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Apollo say about the rights of parents during Orestes' trial?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Clytemnestra and Orestes are two of the main characters upon which "The Oresteia" is centered. Discuss the following:

Part 1) Compare and contrast Clytemnestra and Orestes.

Part 2) How do their missions of vengeance differ and how do the gods (including the Furies) look upon them?

Part 3) Orestes' exile by Clytemnestra and how it affects the outcome of the play.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The language of "The Oresteia" alternates between being simple dialogue and poetically complicated. Discuss the use of language in the following format:

Part 1) The chorus invoking the gods.

Part 2) The simple exchanges of dialogue.

Part 3) The stylized speeches of Cassandra and the Furies.

Cite specific examples from the text.

(see the answer keys)

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