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. According to Calchas, why must Polyxena and Astyanax die?

2. According to the ghost, what will end the plague?

3. What is the only reason that Creon reveals the information he gained from Tiresias after summoning the ghost?

4. What is the chorus in the fifth act of "Oedipus" questioning when they learn about their king's punishment?

5. What is Tiresias' occupation?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How and why does Jocasta commit suicide?

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

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

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

7. How did Oedipus become king of Thebes?

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

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

10. What does Pyrrhus demand for Achilles and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are the consequences of war dealt with in "Troades"? Why is it important to note that the women realize that the Trojan men who fell in battle have fared better in life than they? How is this related to the drawing of lots in order for the Greeks to claim different women? How do the deaths of Astyanax and Polyxena factor into this? What does this suggest about Seneca's views on war?

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 is stoicism? How does this relate to Seneca? How is the Stoic philosophy seen throughout Seneca's plays? Which characters appear to embody stoicism and how does this affect their fate? What does this suggest about Seneca's beliefs? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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