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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 persuades his father-in-law to join with him and win the throne of Thebes by force?

2. Who does the King of Thebes address in the city?

3. Who is Jocasta?

4. Plays in ancient Greece are produced as part of what type of ceremony?

5. The image of Thebes is of a ________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Give an example of how religion is utilized in part 1 of the play.

2. Why do you think we are told what is on the shields of the attacking enemy but not what is on Eteocles' general's shields?

3. Describe Laius' reaction to the Oracle's foreshadowing of Oedipus' life. Was his reaction justified? Explain.

4. Why does the Chorus give an ode at the end of part 3?

5. Compare and contrast men and women's views of battle.

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

7. What is the purpose of the Chorus of Women? What information does the Chorus reveal to the audience?

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

9. In part 1 of the play, who describes the imagery of the waves? What do the waves represent?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Describe the chain of events that ultimately led to the death of Eteocles beginning with King Lauis.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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