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 did Oedipus come?

2. How did Astyanax's bravery affect Ulysses and the Greeks?

3. Why can Ulysses not spare Astyanax?

4. About what does Hector warn Andromache in a dream?

5. What is plaguing Thebes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Ulysses trick Andromache at Hector's tomb and why?

4. Describe Polyxena's fate.

5. How does Agamemnon view the dead Achilles?

6. What does Oedipus reveal about his journey to Thebes in the fourth act?

7. Describe the pestilence in Thebes and how it affects Oedipus.

8. Why does Oedipus refuse to commit suicide?

9. How and why does Jocasta commit suicide?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What does the onstage violence in Seneca's tragedies reveal about Roman society? How does this differ from the original, Greek versions of these plays? What does the escalation of violence in these works suggest about Seneca's intents with these plays? Develop a clear thesis statement on this subject and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

What roles do the gods play in the lives of Seneca's characters? How do they handle meting out justice? How do the humans look upon them? What is significant about the fact that the gods are never actually seen in any of these plays? How does this relate to the humans governing themselves and doling out punishments and justice? Develop a clear thesis statement in order to answer these questions (though not exclusively) and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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