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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. Creon shouts that the gods do not favor the ________ such as Polyneices who show them disrespect.
2. Nothing that is cast enters into the life of mortals without a ____________, according to the Chorus.
3. At what time of day does the story taking place in the play begin?
4. The Chorus in this ode goes on about the greatness of ___________ when they speak to the audience.
5. Who is the leader of the group who is telling the story within this section of the play?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did Antigone do after the winds picked up and darkness fell, after she cried over the body of her brother?
2. What happens to men who are happy in their evil doings, according to the Chorus in this scene?
3. What does the Chorus praise when they are speaking in this section of the play?
4. What does the Chorus say about man and about his position in the universe?
5. Who informs the audience of the battle that precipitated the previous scene of the play?
6. What is the status of the battle at the start of the play, ANTIGONE?
7. What happened the day before the opening of the play, according to the speakers in this scene?
8. Why did the sentry not intend to come back to speak to the king about what he knew about Antigone?
9. What does the decree of King Creon have to say about the burial of Antigone and Ismene's brothers?
10. What transpired between the two brothers, according to the Chorus in the play during this scene?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
It's interesting to see a less modern book with strong female characters. This is not something one would normally expect to find in a Greek tragedy.
Part 1: Why do you think that Antigone was 'allowed' to be a strong character in this book?
Part 2: What is the advantage of having a woman in the role that Antigone plays instead of a man?
Part 3: Why do you think that the author thought that Antigone, as a character, would make the decisions she did, as opposed to someone else?
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
The second section of the play is actually a recollection of the battle that took place to cause the deaths of Eteocles and Polyneices.
Part 1: Why do you think the author decided to backtrack after the opening has already been established?
Part 2: Why does the play need to describe the events which took place in the battle?
Part 3: Do you think the play would have been weakened if this second section had not been included? Why or why not?
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