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. What happened when Polyxena was sacrificed in honor of Achilles?

2. Whom does Hecuba predict will not find peace for a long time?

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

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

5. Who is Oedipus' father in Corinth?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Oedipus leave Corinth?

3. For what reasons does Agamemnon claim to forgo sacrificing a maiden?

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

5. Why does Oedipus imprison Creon in the third act?

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

7. How and why does Jocasta commit suicide?

8. What do the shepherd and the messenger reveal to Oedipus about his past?

9. How does Agamemnon view the dead Achilles?

10. Describe Hecuba's mocking of the Greeks throughout "Troades."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the roles of lies in the Senecan tragedy in the following format:

Part 1) Atreus and Tantalus.

Part 2) Phaedra framing Hippolytus for rape.

Part 3) Andromache's attempts to save her son.

Part 4) Creon and shepherd's attempted lies by omission.

Part 5) The differences between lying for gain and lying for good.

In the final section, use the first four parts to help provide examples in this comparison. As always, cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of corruption within a family in the following format:

Part 1) The House of Pelops.

Part 2) Phaedra's manipulations of Theseus and Hippolytus.

Part 3) The rise of Nero.

Part 4) Octavia's fate.

Part 5) Power and punishments.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of insatiable wants as seen in "Thyestes" in the following format:

Part 1) Tantalus' punishment.

Part 2) Atreus' need for more power.

Part 3) Thyestes' misgivings about his brother versus his acceptance of the reconciliation.

Part 4) Thyestes' belief that two men cannot rule equally.

Part 5) The tragedies and corruption that spring from greed.

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