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The Bacchae

Euripides

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How is Dionysus related to Pentheus?

Why does Dionysus return to Thebes?

How was Dionysus born?

What do the maenads wear?

At the start of the play, what does Tiresias ask Cadmus to do?

What is Dionysus's primary attribute according to Tiresias?

How does the Stranger (Dionysus) respond to his arrest?

What is the first thing Pentheus wants to do to his prisoner Dionysus?

According to Dionysus what character trait is responsible for Pentheus's ignorance and inability to see the divinity of Dionysus?

After Dionysus's imprisonment what is the first disaster to strike the palace?

What is the first illusion Pentheus suffers in the hands of Dionysus?

According to the cowherd, what were the bacchants doing when he first saw them?

According to the cowherd, what comes out of the ground when the bacchants strike it?

According to the cowherd what do the bacchants plan to do when they find out he is spying on them?

What is the one forest creature closely associated with the bacchants?

How does Dionysus finally tempt Pentheus?

What disguise must Pentheus wear when he leaves the city with Dionysus?

As Pentheus leaves the city, what does he see Dionysus turn into?

What act does Pentheus's imagination dwell upon when he is about to spy on the bacchants?

How does Pentheus become vulnerable to the bacchants?

What are Pentheus's last words?

What does Agaue proudly think she is carrying into the city?

How does Agaue recognize her prey?

What does Dionysus ordain for Cadmus?

What does Dionysus ordain for Agaue?

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