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. 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 __________.

2. The people of Thebes regard Oedipus as a ________.

3. What type of violation is used to describe women seeing their husbands, sons, and brothers killed?

4. The story that "Seven Against Thebes" is based on is part of their background as a ____________.

5. Who is the King of Thebes in the beginning of the Background?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How is the theme of possession and control shown in part 2?

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

7. Who says, "If the gods [demand] evil, no man can evade it?" To whom is this character saying that to? What is this character referring to?

8. According to the Chorus, how are old women and young virgins equal victims for the attacking army?

9. Why does Eteocles make the Chorus change the way they pray? What was the Chorus praying about? What does Eteocles suggest the Chorus pray for?

10. What is the significance of Oedipus being rescued and raised by a farmer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the importance of symbols as exemplified by the enemy shields.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the importance of the Oracle of Apollo to the relationship between Lauis and Oedipus.

Essay Topic 3

Seven Against Thebes is set in a male-dominated society full of violence and war. What role do women play in this society?

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