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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the prophet that has foreseen the armies of Argos attacking Thebes soon?

2. Human beings are metaphorically represented by ________.

3. What is the original language of the play "Seven Against Thebes?"

4. The theme of these legends is that giving in to human passion creates _________.

5. What type of violation is used to describe women being treated like treasures?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the city of Thebes view both Eteocles and Polyneices?

2. Is Antigone just in her actions to give Polyneices a proper burial? Explain.

3. How does Eteocles view women, especially the Chorus?

4. What is the role of the Scout? In your opinion is this character important to the play? Why or why not?

5. Why would the audience of this play find it ironic that Antigone and Ismene lived in the prospering city of Thebes?

6. What is the significance of having statues of the Greek gods physically on set?

7. Give two examples of the theme: power of curses as seen in the play, Seven Against Thebes.

8. Was the decision between Eteocles and Polyneices to share time as king of Thebes a fair and just agreement? Explain.

9. Which generals' match-up do you feel was the most unfair? Explain.

10. Describe Laius' character.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After Eteocles and Polyneices kill each other, it is said that the curse is destroyed and the city of Thebes would prosper again. Why would this be ironic to the Greek audience at that time?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the idea of family loyalty as viewed by Antigone to that of Eteocles.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the relationship between parents and children in the play "Seven Against Thebes."

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