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. According to Apollo in the first part of the third play, where must Orestes travel?

2. What do the Furies claim about Orestes to Athena?

3. What is the result of the judges' vote after the trial?

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

5. What do the Furies tell Apollo about their hunt for Orestes?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was Clytemnestra's dream?

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

4. In the beginning of "The Eumenides", what is the oracle's vision and what does it mean?

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

6. How does Orestes defend himself in his trial?

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

8. What is the conflict between the Furies and Apollo?

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

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

In "The Oresteia", the women are the ones who are depicted as seeking revenge. With this in mind, what is the play attempting to say about women? Create a strong thesis. Points to consider include:

1) Clytemnestra's revenge for her daughter's death.

2) Cassandra's visions and her prayers that her death will be avenged.

3) The Furies as bloodthirsty, vengeful goddesses.

4) Orestes' quest of revenge.

5) The roles of Athena and Apollo in Orestes' plight.

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

What are the roles of justice and revenge in "The Oresteia"? What are the differences between the two? What characters seek justice and what characters seek revenge? How does this reflect upon the play cycle as a whole? Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

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