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 is a Spinx?

2. Plays based on Greek legend usually involve a generation after generation repeating a ______.

3. What is another name for the manifestation of the Curse of Oedipus?

4. The women of Thebes pray to the gods to remember their faithfulness and protect them so they can continue to do what?

5. Which of the following is not a fear of the women of Thebes?

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

3. What is the significance of the fifth general possessing the shield that has a picture of the Sphinx?

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. Is Antigone just in her actions to give Polyneices a proper burial? Explain.

9. Why was it important that Oedipus solved the Riddle of the Sphinx?

10. Compare and contrast Antigone and Ismene.

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

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

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the idea of blindness and bad judgment in the play Seven Against Thebes.

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