Adapted From: Dunkel,
Roger. “Medea.” Classics Technology Center. 2001. 30 March 2004.
Prologue (1-130) - Nurse, Tutor, Medea
is the dramatic purpose of the Nurse's speech (1-48)?
Nurse begins by referring to Jason's ship Argo which brought Medea to
Greece from her home in Colchis (Black Sea area). According to the Nurse,
why did Medea sail with Jason (8)?
did Medea do upon arriving in Greece at Iolcus (9-10)?
is the present situation in Corinth (17-25)?
is Medea's attitude toward her children and what does the Nurse fear she
might do (36-43)?
rumor has the Tutor heard (70-71)?
is the Nurse's view of Jason's behavior (82-84)? The Tutor's (85-88)?
feelings does Medea herself express (111-114)?
moral does the Nurse draw from the situation (119-130)?
(131-212) - Chorus, Medea and Nurse
10. How does the Chorus of Corinthian women feel
toward Medea (176-183)?
First Episode (214-409) - Medea, Chorus, Creon
11. How does Medea view her situation in Corinth
situation as a married woman
and mother (228-251)? As a
12. What request does Medea make of the Chorus
13. What order does Creon give to Medea (272-276)?
14. Why does he do this (282-291)?
15. How does Medea reply to Creon's concerns
16. How does Creon react to Medea's reply (316-323)?
17. What request does Medea make of Creon (340-343)?
18. What appeal does she make in support of her
19. What is Creon's reaction to her request
20. After Creon's departure, how does Medea explain
21. What does Medea intend to do (373-385)?
22. What problem is a concern to Medea (386-390)?
23. How determined is Medea to put her plan into
24. What is Medea's motivation (395-398; 404-405)?
25. Medea's reference to her planning and contriving
remind the audience of the
meaning of the name Medea ‘the
cunning contriver'. Her
mention of her grandfather Helius, the
sun god, calls attention to
her divine ancestry (406). What is
Medea's view of the female
26. What is the Chorus's reaction to the last two
lines (408-409) of
Medea's speech (410-420)?
27. What answer does the Chorus give to the ancient
depiction of female
28. What is their view of Medea's situation
29. To what is the Chorus referring when they mention
the lack of
respect for oaths and of
shame in Greece (439-440)?
Second Episode (446-626) - Jason, Chorus and Medea
30. What criticism does Jason make of Medea
31. What does he intend to do for her and his
32. What answer does Medea give to Jason's offer
What had Medea done for
34. What accusation does Medea make against Jason
35. What is Medea's predicament (502-515)?
36. Pelias, fearing because of a prophecy that Jason
about his death, was hostile
to the hero and had tried to bring
about Jason's death by
sending him on the quest for the Golden
37. What is Jason's view of why Medea had helped him
38. According to Jason what advantages did Medea
coming to Greece with him
39. What are the reasons that Jason gives for
40. What criticism does Jason make of women in
41. What criticism does Medea make of Jason's
42. What help does Jason offer Medea (610-614)?
43. What is Medea's reaction to this offer (616-618)?
44. What view of love does the Chorus present in the
45. What prayer does the Chorus make in reference to
the second stanza (635-641)?
46. To whom is the Chorus referring in the third and
Third Episode (663-823) - Aegeus, Medea and Chorus
47. What question did Aegeus ask of the Delphic
48. What was the oracle's answer (679-681)?
49. What request does Medea make of Aegeus (710-713)?
50. What does Medea offer to do in return for Aegeus
51. What is Aegeus's reply (723-724)?
52. What is the only condition under which Aegeus
Medea into his land (Athens)
53. What does Medea require Aegeus to do (731-732)?
54. What is Aegeus's reaction to this requirement
55. By whom does Medea make Aegeus swear (746)?
56. After Aegeus's departure why does Medea rejoice
57. What will Medea do now with regard to Jason's
58. What does she plan to do next (792-793)?
59. What will she achieve through this action
60. What is her motivation in this action (797;
61. Why at this point in the play has Medea decided
on this form
62. What has occasioned this choral ode in praise of
Erechtheus" = Athenians)?
63. What does the Chorus specifically praise in
reference to Athens
64. What does the Chorus ask Medea in the second half
of the ode
Fourth Episode (866-975) - Jason, Medea, and Chorus
65. What general attitude does Medea now present to
66. What is Jason's reaction to Medea's apparent
change of mind
67. How are lines 916-921 ironic?
68. What does Medea want Jason to do (939-940)?
69. How does Medea suggest Jason should go about this
70. What will Medea do to help Jason in this endeavor
71. What does Jason think of this help (959-963)?
72. What does the Chorus predict for Jason's intended
Fifth Episode (1002-1250)
73. What news does the Tutor report to Medea
74. What is Medea's reaction to this news
(1005-1016)? Why does
she react in this way?
75. What reasons does Medea give why she should kill
76. Explain how Medea is ambivalent with regard to
what she is
77. What is the Chorus's view of the parent-child
78. What specific relevance do these general comments
the immediate situation of
79. The Messenger reports the deaths of the princess
himself to Medea. How were
their deaths accomplished (1168-
80. What general comments does the Messenger make on
just happened (1224-1230)?
81. What does Medea intend to do now (1236-1250)?
82. What prayer does the Chorus make to the Earth and
83. What warning does the Chorus give to Medea
Exodos (1293-end) - Jason, Chorus and Medea
84. What concern does Jason express upon hearing of
children's deaths (1326)?
85. What assumption does Jason make about the
attitude of the
Sun (Helius) toward Medea's
86. Is he correct in this assumption? Explain your
87. According to Jason, why did Medea kill her
88. What plans does Medea have for her children
For herself (1384-1385)?
89. What does she predict for Jason (1386-1388)?
90. What reason does Medea give for having killed her
91. What comment does the Chorus make on the events
of the play