FALL 2019 UPDATE
PLEASE NOTE: The
exam will be on Thursday, October 31. In Part I of the
exam, I will give you 8 (eight) of the following
terms to choose from. In each case, be able to
identify the term and tie the term to the more general
themes of the greatness of the Greek tragic playwrights and
their importance to history. I will allow
you to bring one 3x5 card of notes to this exam so that,
while you're studying, you can focus on "big" themes rather
than struggling to remember whether it's Phares or Peleus
who comes to the rescue in Andromache. You will notice that
several ID's are in two different places. I'm
impressed if a student can (say) contrast Sophocles'
treatment of Heracles with that of Euripides, or talk how
the "deus ex machina" ending works in Euripides and
Sophocles plays. With something like "catharsis"
too, you might relate it several different
As you prepare your essays, remember that these are all
compare and contrast questions. Talking about
Aeschylus and Sophocles in a Euripides essay might work just
fine *if* you make comparisons and contrasts clear.
AESCHYLUS, PROMETHEUS, HESIOD, OCEANUS, IO, AGAMEMNON, CLYTEMNESTRA,
CASSANDRA, ORESTES, (ELECTRA), EUMENIDES, SUPPLIANT MAIDENS, LAIUS,
SOPHOCLES, OEDIPUS, JOCASTA, CREON, TIRESIAS, OEDIPUS AT COLONUS,
PHILOCTETES, ODYSSEUS, NEOPTOLEMUS, CATHARSIS, DEUS EX MACHINA,
EURIPIDES, ALCESTIS, ADMETUS, HERACLES, PHARES, ANDROMACHE,
PELEUS, MEDEA, ION, HIPPOLYTUS, DEUS EX MACHINA
A. Aeschylus is the greatest of the Greek playwrights. Comment.
B. Sophocles is the greatest of the Greek playwrights. Comment.
C. Euripides I the greatest of the Greek playwrights. Comment.