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Oresteia: Agamemnon

Short Answer Quiz

  1. Clytemnestra is angry with Agamemnon for several past acts. What are her grievances? Explain why you think they are or are not legitimate.

  1. Cassandra is a major character although she has little dialogue. What do you think is her function in the play?

  1. Why does Clytemnestra have Agamemnon walk on the crimson tapestry? How does Agamemnon interpret the action? Why does he do it?

  1. Do you think Agamemnon deserves his fate? Why or why not?

  1. What is Aegisthus’s grievance against Agamemnon? Why is he willing to help Clytemnestra in her plot against Agamemnon?

  1. Why do you think the Chorus doesn’t help Agamemnon or stop Clytemnestra?

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