Seven against Thebes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who solves the Riddle of the Spinx?

2. The women of Thebes pray to the gods to remember their faithfulness and protect them so they can continue to do what?

3. When Oedipus' crimes are revealed, what happens to Jocasta?

4. The particular legend of "Seven Against Thebes" resembles what other type of legends?

5. What is another name for the manifestation of the Curse of Oedipus?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Chorus speak of Jocasta in part 4?

2. How do you think Eteocles is like a captain of a ship?

3. Were Oedipus and Jocasta's reaction to their incestuous relations justified? Explain.

4. What threat does Eteocles give to the citizens of Thebes? Why do you think Eteocles threatens the citizens?

5. Describe the genre and tone of the overall play.

6. Give an example of how rebellion and defiance occurs within part 4.

7. How are women treated during wartime according to part 1 of the play? Why do you think women were treated in the manner?

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

9. Why do you think the death of Eteocles and Polyneices is referred to as an "occassion for both rejoicing and weeping"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the power of law represented in Seven Against Thebes. What power and limitations exists within the legal system? How do these laws directly affect Antigone?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss and analyze the following quote, "The grief for kindred is the bond and link of mankind, common to all, unchanging." Who spoke these words and do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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