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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 hold up as proof that his father has been avenged?
2. Where does the beginning of "The Eumenides" take place?
3. What will be the first action taken when Orestes and Pylades infiltrate the palace?
4. What does Orestes claim has taken away the sin of his mother's murder away?
5. Whose ghost is urging the Eumenides to chase Orestes?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do Orestes and Pylades get inside the palace?
2. Why does Apollo appear to Orestes while at Delphi?
3. According to their words in the second part of the third play, what do the Furies believe about their rights?
4. What does Apollo say about the rights of parents during Orestes' trial?
5. What does Orestes mean when he cries out to Zeus in the second part of "The Libation Bearers"?
6. What is the conflict between the Furies and Apollo?
7. What does Orestes find ironic about the deaths of Aegisthus and Clytemnestra?
8. How does Clytemnestra attempt to defend herself against Orestes in the last part of "The Libation Bearers"?
9. After receiving false news in the third part of the second play, what is Clytemnestra's reaction to news of Orestes' supposed death?
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 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 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
When the Greek tragedies were first written, the stories and characters were well known to the audiences, which is why "The Oresteia" has a fairly complicated web of plot lines, history, and characters. Luckily, for modern audiences who may not be as familiar with these stories, though, characters, especially the chorus, offer insight and back stories in what is about to take place. Discuss the use of exposition in "The Oresteia". Does it add to or subtract from the content of the play? Is it strictly necessary to be familiar already with these stories? Why? Cite specific examples from the text to support your claims.
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