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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. Although he refuses to grant Phaedra a proper burial, what does Theseus plan to do at the end of the play?

2. At the end of the third act of "Phaedra," the chorus cries, "Why dost thou dwell afar,/ All too indifferent to men,/ Not anxious to bring blessing to the good,/ And to the evil, bane"? About what is the chorus lamenting?

3. Upon what were Thyestes' sons sacrificed?

4. Upon whom must Tantalus loose the Fury?

5. What creature attacked Hippolytus?

Short Essay Questions

1. Over what is Tantalus agonizing in the afterlife and why?

2. Upon what does Thyestes unknowingly feast and how does it make him feel before he learns the truth of his brother's treachery?

3. What happens when Phaedra reveals to Hippolytus her attraction for him?

4. Describe the backstory to "Phaedra."

5. What do Thyestes and his children believe about their upcoming meeting with Atreus?

6. Describe the murders of Thyestes' sons.

7. Discuss the backstory of the House of Pelops.

8. Of what does Hippolytus' nurse try to convince Phaedra in the first act?

9. What does Atreus offer his brother during their false reconciliation and how does Thyestes react to the gifts?

10. In what conflicting moods does Thyestes find himself as he travels to Argos?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the circular nature of playwrights influencing each other through authors such as Seneca in the following format:

Part 1) The original versions of these plays.

Part 2) The differences between the original play and Seneca's version.

Part 3) The "revenge play."

Part 4) The use of ghosts.

Part 5) The introduction of onstage violence.

Cite specific examples from Seneca's work to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

How is justice handled in a Senecan tragedy? Discuss this in the following format:

Part 1) Atreus and Thyestes.

Part 2) The death of Hippolytus and Phaedra's suicide.

Part 3) Polyxena and Astyanax.

Part 4) Octavia's fate.

Part 5) Tantalus.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Atreus and Phaedra in the following format:

Part 1) Manipulation and lies.

Part 2) Professions of love.

Part 3) Hurt pride.

Part 4) Vengeance.

Part 5) Remorse, or lack thereof.

Develop a thesis statement based on this essay and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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