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Oresteia: Eumenides

Short Answer Quiz

  1. Explain the central paradox of the play.

  1. In Athens, Athena establishes a courtroom to hear Orestes’ case. What are the charges proposed by the Furies? What is Apollo’s defense?

  1. Describe the criteria that are established during the trial of Orestes by which future criminals will be judged.

  1. Do you agree with the philosophic underpinnings of Apollo’s defense of Orestes? Why or why not?

  1. Research Question: Eugene O’Neill wrote a trilogy based on the Orestia: Mourning Becomes Electra, comprising The Homecoming and The Hunted and the Haunted. In what ways are the two trilogies similar? In what ways are they different? Explain which of these dissimilarities is the result of the contemporary cultural context of the play?

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