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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 does Eteocles compare his position to?

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

3. Where does Eteocles go to prepare for war?

4. The Chorus refers to the attacks against the city of Thebes as _______.

5. The theme of these legends also states that the after-effects can last for generations, which means it's better to listen to the will of __________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How is the sense of sound used in part 2?

5. Describe the theme of blindness.

6. Give an example of how imagery is used in part 2.

7. What is a dirge? Who says the dirge and for what reason was it used?

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

9. Why would Eteocles and Polyneices plot to kill their father?

10. What is the significance of the approaching army setting up their own memorial for their families back home?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe in detail one of the seven battle match-ups. Who was fighting? What was on the enemy's shield? Why did Eteocles match his general with this particular enemy?

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

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