Thyestes; Phaedra; the Trojan Women; Oedipus with Octavia 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. From where does the messenger in the fourth act come in "Oedipus"?

2. According to Andromache, what is the worst fate for a Trojan woman?

3. For whom do Hecuba and the chorus lament, though they say nothing will ever adequately express their loss?

4. According to Hecuba, what was ignored before the fall of Troy?

5. Who does Andromache blame for the fall of Troy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Oedipus summoned back to Corinth and why is he reluctant to go?

2. Why does Tiresias summon Laius' ghost?

3. In the first act of "Troades," for whom does Hecuba lead the grief-stricken chorus and why?

4. For what reasons do the Greeks want to sacrifice Astyanax?

5. Why is Creon sent to Delphi and what does he learn?

6. Why does Andromache hide her son from the Greeks?

7. Why are the Greeks unable to leave Troy in the beginning of "Troades"?

8. How does Agamemnon view the dead Achilles?

9. Who is Hector and why is he important to the Trojans and Greeks?

10. Why is Creon reluctant to give Oedipus the information from Laius' ghost?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

What is significant about the roles love and hate play in Seneca's work? How is this embodied by Thyestes and Atreus? How does both hate and love appear to drive Nero from "Octavia"? What tends to be the result of any hate in these plays? What does this suggest about Seneca's views on society and people? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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