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

2. Whose appearance and description of the armies is a typical device of classical Greek theatre?

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

4. Why is Eteocles considered to be an illegal king?

5. Plays based on Greek legend tend to be very _____.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the significance of Polyneices going to Argos and marrying a princess?

3. What is the importance of the Oracle of Apollo?

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

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

6. Give an examples of how imagery is used in part 3 of the play.

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

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

9. How is the city of Thebes most like a "mother" to her people?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the theme of possession and control. Who best represents this theme? Give a detailed example.

Essay Topic 2

Would you classify Eteocles as an honorable king or a family traitor? Give examples to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the concept of fear as presented in the play. Describe the Chorus' fear. Is their fear justified?

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