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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. Which character in "Thyestes" is decapitated?

2. Who enters at the end of the second act of "Phaedra"?

3. Whom does Tantalus attempt to warn about their impending deaths?

4. At the end of the second act of "Phaedra," in what does the chorus hope Hippolytus will find comfort?

5. In what state is Tantalus in the first act of "Thyestes"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. For what does Theseus pray at the end of the third act of "Phaedra" and how does the chorus react?

3. How does Hippolytus die in "Phaedra"?

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

5. How is Theseus manipulated into believing his son raped Phaedra?

6. Describe Theseus' conflicting emotions over the death of his son and upon learning of his wife's deception.

7. How is Tantalus manipulated into releasing the Fury upon the House of Pelops?

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

9. Why does Phaedra wear hunting garb in the second act?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In a brief essay, discuss the role that courage plays in "Troades." Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers. Points to consider include (though not exclusively) Andromache's attempts to hide Astyanax, Hecuba's defiance and frequent insults to the Greeks, and the deaths of Astyanax and Polyxena.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the uniqueness of Seneca's language in the following format:

Part 1) The black humor of "Thyestes."

Part 2) Monologues.

Part 3) Lack of dialogue.

Part 4) Expressive, emotional descriptions.

Part 5) Character development or lack thereof.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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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