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by Sophocles

Electra: Extra Greece-y Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Electra? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What happened upon Agamemnon’s return from the Trojan War?

He found his city devastated and all of his subjects dead
He dressed up as the Trojan Horse in an attempt to spice things up in the bedroom
He was murdered by his wife and her lover
Upon discovering he had been sleeping with his mother, he gouged out his eyes
Q. Why did Electra smuggle her brother, Orestes, out of town?

So that he could return one day to avenge their father
Because the people of Mycenae were calling for his head
Because she found out she could get 300 drachmas for him on the black market
To keep from him the truth of their mother’s affair
Q. What does Orestes send the old slave to do?

Murder Aegisthus
Murder his mother
Pretend to be a messenger carrying news of Orestes’ death
Just some general old slave stuff - filing, dictation, things like that
Q. Where do Orestes and Pylades go after returning to Mycenae?

The palace
Agamemnon’s grave
Six Flags Magic Mountain
To the oracle
To the seashore to gather seashells
Q. How does Electra’s sister, Chrysothemis, behave toward Clytemnestra and Aegisthus?

She bites and claws them at every opportunity
She kisses up to them so that she may live a life of comfort
When provoked, she will often throw things in their direction and then scramble up a tree
Q. Why does Clytemnestra claim she was justified in killing Agamemnon?

Because he had cheated on her
Because he would have killed her if she didn’t act first
Because no matter how many times they had it out, he still wouldn’t put his dirty socks into the laundry hamper
Because he had sacrificed their other daughter
Q. What does Electra decide to do after the old slave comes to the palace?

Kills her stepfather
Kills her mother
Kills the old slave
Shake her Magic 8 Ball around until it instructs her whom she should kill
Q. What does Orestes do when he happens upon his sister?

Reveals his true identity
Gives her a silver dagger
Tries to hook her up with Pylades
Pulls out one of their family albums, and begins to take a trip down good ol’ memory lane
Q. Who kills Clytemnestra?

Keyser Soze
Q. What is Aegisthus’ reaction to beholding his wife’s dead body?

He lashes out at Orestes
He turns on his heels and starts running
He resigns himself to being killed by Orestes
He makes a really inappropriate and ill-timed necrophilia joke