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Madea test 9-19-16
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What background facts do we learn from the nurses opening speech?
Tells the story of how jason sought the golden fleece & this is how he met Madea & how Madea persuaded the daughters of Pelias to kill their own father by boiling him & Madea returned to Corinth with Jason & Jason has taken a new lover in life & has left Madea & the children.
Of what new trouble has the tutor learned?
Creons decree is to exile Madea & her children
Why does the Nurse fear for Medea's children?
She is worried what Madea will do to the children since she is angry
Why does the Nurse say she prefers not to be great?
Great people's tempers are terrible, they always have their own way & switch from mood to mood
Whom do the members of the chorus represent?
What excuse does Euripides use to bring Madea out in front of her house?
King Creon is approaching
According to Madea, why are women "unfortunate creatures"?
There is no easy escape, they're required to buy a husband and they can't say no to marriage
How is Madeas situation worse than it would be if she were a native of the city?
She would have to leave her home place & all her loved ones behind
What promise does Madea ask for & receive from the Chorus?
She asks for revenge on her husband
What new misfortune does Creon bring to Madea?
To exile & leave the territory
According to Madea, no sensible person would want clever children. Why?
Children will think of them foolish & worthless & will make them objects of envy & ill will
Why is Creons love for his home & family especially bitter to Madea?
He said he loves his family more than her
What one request of Medeas does Creon grant? Why?
He allows her to remain in Corinth for one more day
What does Madea resolve to do?
To kill Creon, Jason & his new wife
Who was Madeas grandfather?
According to the Chorus, which sex is cruel & deceitful toward the other? Why have poets said otherwise?
Men, because the other sex is just as deceitful at times
Whom does Jason blame for Medea's sorrow?
What has Madea done for Jason?
She saves his life from many things
How does Jason respond?
He disagrees and says that Cypris is responsible for the preserving of his life and he never asked for her to protect him. He gave her more than she ever gave him
How do Medea and the Chorus respond to Jason's defense?
He still has betrayed his wife & children
What does the Chorus say about what makes love desirable or not desirable?
The excess of love makes is desirable but the anger & betrayal makes is undesirable
Who swears to help Medea if she comes safely to his land?
What terrible plan does Madea reveal to the Chorus?
She will poison a dress and tell her children to give it to her husbands new wide poisoning her & the children killing them
Why does the Chorus praise Athens?
It's a holy and unconquered land where Cyprus sails through
Why does Madea speak of women as she does?
She is tricking him
What are Madea & the Chorus thinking?
The Chorus can't believe Madea is going through with the plan & Madea is overjoyed at it all
What is Madeas struggle?
She regrets putting death to her children
According to the Chorus, the childless are more fortunate than those who have children. Why?
Because they don't spend their life worrying about the children and how they will turn out
How do Medea & the audience learn about the fate of Creon and his daughter?
How is the death of Madeas children staged?
She talks of killing them with a sword
Why is Jason's speech ironic?
Madea already killed the children
What satisfaction does Madea find in her horrible deed?
She has taken whole of Jason's heart and he is broken & upset
What final comfort does Medea refuse to allow Jason to have?
To bury his children's bodies & see them one last time
How does the play end? Does this suggest that the gods approve of Medeas actions?
The gods killed the children and prevented Jason from touching his boys, the gods don't approve of Madeas actions because they exile her & Jason is punished because he betrayed Madea & his children
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