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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 Chorus in this ode goes on about the greatness of ___________ when they speak to the audience.

2. Who is the leader of the group who is telling the story within this section of the play?

3. What is not one of the animals that the Chorus notes that man can tame or master?

4. Man has even taught himself, according to the Chorus, to flee the arrows of the ____________.

5. The Chorus notes that even in evil doings, man can be ___________, but there are consequences to these actions.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Chorus say about man and about his position in the universe?

2. Why does Creon say that Eteocles will receive a proper burial after his efforts in the battle?

3. To whom does this ode of the play attribute most of Antigone's problems?

4. What is the one force from which man is not immune, according to the Chorus in this part of the play?

5. What are Antigone and Ismene commiserating about at the start of the story that drives the rest of the play?

6. Why does God support the Theban warriors during the battle that took place prior to the start of the play?

7. What does Creon believe is secondary to the general good of the people he now rules?

8. What does the Chorus speak of in relation to the recent events of the story?

9. Why is the sentry interrogated by Choragos after he is also yelled at and threatened by Creon?

10. What is the tone that the Chorus now takes on, which is different from the earlier tone it shared?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Chorus is something most readers are not used to seeing in a play as they might see or read in the modern times.

Part 1: Why do you think the Chorus played such an important role in Greek tragedies?

Part 2: Why is the Chorus a necessary part of the play?

Part 3: How might the play have changed if the Chorus had not been included in this play?

Essay Topic 2

Women are certainly a central focus of this play and of its actions. There are many questions also brought up in regards to the position of women in society.

Part 1: What does the author seem to be saying about the position of women in society at the time?

Part 2: Why does Isemene seem to think that women should obey the laws of men?

Part 3: Would you consider Antigone to be a feminist? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The idea that this is a tragedy is mentioned halfway through the story, though the reader has probably already guessed this by that point.

Part 1: How do you think the author of the play defines the idea of tragedy?

Part 2: Why do you think it was important for the Chorus to mention that this play is a tragedy?

Part 3: Does the fact that bad things happen in this play make it more powerful for the reader? Why or why not?

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