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

2. What does Eteocles compare his position to?

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

4. The Oracle foretells Laius that Oedipus would one day ______ his mother.

5. The Oracle foretells Laius that Oedipus would one day ______ him.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the theme of blindness.

2. Describe the relationship between Eteocles and Polyneices.

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

4. What is the significance of Amphiaraos' shield?

5. Give an example of how imagery is used in part 2.

6. 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?

7. What is a dirge? Who says the dirge and for what reason was it used?

8. What is the irony behind Oedipus solving "the Riddle of the Sphinx with his brilliance" ?

9. Compare and contrast Eteocles' feelings to for his city to how he actually treats his city.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss and analyze the following quote, "The grief for kindred is the bond and link of mankind, common to all, unchanging." Who spoke these words and do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of: King Laius, King Oedipus, and King Eteocles.

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