The prologues to Terence’s plays, including The Eunuch

LEHMAN COLLEGE
DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES AND LIETERATURES
LEH352 – Ancient Comedy in Translation
Spring 2022
Instructor: Mark Murphy Name: ______________________________
ID Quiz: The Eunuch
1. The prologues to Terence’s plays, including The Eunuch, differ from those of earlier playwrights. What theatrical innovation did he introduce in his prologues?
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2. Thaïs has two objectives in summoning Phaedria to her home? What are they?
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3. What are the two reasons Thaïs gives for wanting to wrangle Pamphila out of Thraso’s sweaty paws?
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4. According to Phaedria, why does Thaïs want a eunuch?
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5. What sort of business is Gnatho thinking about starting?
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6. When Chaerea arrives on stage he’s frantically looking for someone. What’s this someone’s name?
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7. What two “items” is Parmeno delivering to Thaïs’ house? Be specific.
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8. Who advises Chaerea to swap clothes with the eunuch? Is he serious?
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9. What is the relationship between Gnatho and Thraso? (Hint: It’s not master/slave.)
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10. Chremes suspects that Thaïs is plotting against him. What does he think her endgame is?
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11. Who is the first to recognize Chaerea disguised as a eunuch?
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12. Chaerea compares his rape of Pamphila with what mythical antecedent/event?
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13. Pythias and Dorias identify Dorus as the eunuch they received into Thaïs’ house.
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14. What is Phaedria’s initial concern after first learning of the rape?
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15. Name the members of Thraso’s army (all six of them!). What is the objective of their attack?
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16. Thraso has a bone to pick with Chremes. What does he suspect Chremes is up to?
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17. Why, in his own words, did Chaerea rape Pamphila?
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18. After the rape, what does Parmeno claim was his purpose in helping Chaerea infiltrate Thaïs’ house?
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19. What exactly does Pythias tell Parmeno is happening to Chaerea inside Thaïs’ house? One has already occurred, the other is possibly in the cards.
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20. In Act V, what does Gnatho demand from Thraso in exchange for gaining him entry to Thaïs’ house?
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