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Electra

Sophocles

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Orestes seeks advice on how to avenge his father's death from the oracle of which god?

At what time of day does the play begin?

Where is the palace of Agamemnon located?

While standing outside the palace gates, Orestes, Pylades, and the Old Man hear Electra inside doing what?

Why does the Old Man prevent Orestes from greeting Electra immediately?

What does Chrysothemis carry as she talks to Electra outside the palace gates?

According to Chrysothemis, what does Aegisthus plan to do with Electra if she doesn't stop mourning?

In Clytemnestra's dream, Agamemnon's scepter turns into what?

What does Electra persuade her sister to do with Clytemnestra's offering for Agamemnon's grave?

What reason does Clytemnestra give for having killed Agamemnon?

Clytemnestra makes a prayer at the altar to which god?

Clytemnestra prays for all of the following except:

The Old Man claims to bring the news of Orestes's death from where?

According to the Old Man, how was Orestes killed?

Why does Chrysothemis believe that Orestes is alive and near at hand?

After informing Chrysothemis that Orestes is, in fact, dead, Electra suggests that the sisters do what?

What is Orestes carrying with him when he approaches Electra in front of the palace gates?

For what thing does Orestes ask Electra just before he reveals to her his true identity?

Who is Old Man?

Why does Electra wait outside while Orestes kills their mother?

How does Electra respond the sounds of Clytemnestra's death?

What is the first thing Aegisthus asks Electra after he has returned home?

Why does Aegisthus want to place what he thinks is Orestes's corpse out in the open?

What does Aegisthus ask to do before his murder that Electra denies him right?

What does Electra decide to do with Aegisthus' corpse?

Where does Orestes want to kill Aegisthus?

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