MIDTERM II STUDY GUIDE

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 plays. 

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. 

PART I--IDíS:

AESCHYLUS, PROMETHEUS, HESIOD, OCEANUS, IO, AGAMEMNON, CLYTEMNESTRA, CASSANDRA, ORESTES, (ELECTRA), EUMENIDES, SUPPLIANT MAIDENS, LAIUS, OEDIPUS, CATHARSIS

SOPHOCLES, OEDIPUS, JOCASTA, CREON, TIRESIAS, OEDIPUS AT COLONUS, PHILOCTETES, ODYSSEUS, NEOPTOLEMUS, CATHARSIS, DEUS EX MACHINA, HERACLES

EURIPIDES, ALCESTIS, ADMETUS, HERACLES, PHARES, ANDROMACHE, HERMIONE, PELEUS, MEDEA, ION, HIPPOLYTUS, DEUS EX MACHINA

PART IIóESSAY:

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.