Antigone 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 the new tone of this group of citizens that is now speaking to the audience?

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

3. Antigone reminds Ismene of family __________ when she tries to reason with her about her actions.

4. Creon sees his job as for the general _____________ over personal alliances and over personal friendships.

5. What is the relationship between Polyneices and Antigone in this play?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Creon caution against in the support of his decree about the burial rulings for the two men?

2. What are Choragos and the Chorus meant to represent during the rest of the play?

3. What is the status of the battle at the start of the play, ANTIGONE?

4. What does the Chorus lament in relation to Antigone's story and to the story of the princess?

5. Why was King Lycurgus, Dyras' son, imprisoned in stone, according to the Chorus in this ode?

6. What happened in the tomb of Antigone after Creon buried Polyneices properly?

7. How is the water image in this stansimon depicted, which is parallel to the ode's ideas about God's wrath?

8. What does Haemon come to say to his father, Creon, when he learns about Antigone?

9. What is the punishment for Antigone if she goes against the decree of King Creon?

10. To whom does this Chorus compare Antigone in this ode and why?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The main idea of this story is the idea of moral law versus man's law, with the obvious tilt toward moral law being over man's law.

Part 1: How does one even begin to define the idea of moral law? Can this even be measured? Why or why not?

Part 2: Why do you think that moral law is more revered than man's law?

Part 3: Which do you believe is more important - man's law or moral law? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of family values and loyalty is one that is tested time and time again in this story - from Antigone and her beliefs to Haemon and his relationship with his father.

Part 1: Why do you think Antigone values her family even more than the law in this play?

Part 2: Why do you think Haemon is so willing to argue with his father about the law that Antigone breaks?

Part 3: What does this play seem to be saying about the value of family in one's life?

Essay Topic 3

Fate seems to be a large character in and of itself, causing characters to do things and to not do things in accordance to it.

Part 1: Why do you think the characters in the play are not willing to do things to interfere with fate?

Part 2: Which character(s) seem most likely to ignore what might be considered to be fate? Why?

Part 3: Do you believe in the idea of fate? Why or why not?

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