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. Where does the action of the third part of "The Libation Bearers" take place?

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

3. To whom does Orestes pray when he arrives at the destination Apollo sent him to?

4. What do the Furies complain about when Athena leaves in the second part of the third play?

5. What happened to Clytemnestra in her dream when she tried to nurse what she'd been birthed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Clytemnestra's dream?

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

3. Who is revealed to be encouraging the Furies to hunt Orestes and why?

4. How does Orestes defend himself in his trial?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

What is Cassandra's role in the first play? What is her history with the house of Atreus? Is she the only inherently tragic figure in "The Oresteia"? Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

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