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. What does Eteocles compare his position to?

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

3. Plays based on Greek legend usually involve parents and children doing what?

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

5. Who kills Oedipus' adopted father in the Background section of the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Oedipus' character.

2. How is Eteocles' story and actions echo Oedipus' story and actions?

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

8. What is the significance of the attacking general Eteoklos, having a name that is similar to Eteocles?

9. Describe the theme of fate as depicted in part 2 of the play.

10. How does the Chorus use their senses to illustrate their fears of the war?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of the Scout. Describe the relationship between the Scout and Eteocles.

Essay Topic 3

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

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