The Tragedy of Agamemnon
Hubris, or the pride that comes before a fall, is an element in much of Greek tragedy. People who give in to this pride only have terrible things happen to them. In a summary of Agamemnon, this sort of pride is everywhere.
Once the groups have shared their answers, it's time for you to spend the next few minutes summarizing the story for the class. You can tell them that not only does one of the scenarios that you described take place in the story, all five are involved. All five!
Because here's how it all got started. Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman in the world, ran off with Paris, the prince from Troy, when he came to visit her husband Menelaus' court. Menelaus' response was to rouse the rest of the Greek kings (including his brother, Agamemnon) and set out to Troy to bring her back, or burn the city trying.
Ships back then needed to be powered by wind. Agamemnon had slain one of the sacred hinds (deer) of Artemis (virgin goddess of hunting) and had boasted that he was a better hunter than the goddess, and so the winds were held back. Agamemnon sacrificed his daughter, also a virgin, to get the winds blowing in the right direction, and off the ships went.
Outraged, Clytemnestra, Agamemnon's wife, took up with his cousin, Aegisthus, who was already angry at Agamemnon. Aegisthus had slain Agamemnon's father, Atreus, because Atreus had fed his cousins to their own father. However, Agamemnon and Menelaus had banded together to take back the kingdom of Mycenae from Aegisthus.
After a decade, Troy finally fell, and the Greeks headed home. Agamemnon came home with a new concubine, Cassandra, in tow, only to be slain in his bath by Aegisthus and Clytemnestra.
It should take 15-20 minutes for you to tell this story, illustrate with a couple of family trees, and get your class familiar with the characters. Total time so far: 45-55 minutes.