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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 gives ____________ to anyone who contradicts the king's wishes concerning the burial during the play.

2. Creon shouts that the gods do not favor the ________ such as Polyneices who show them disrespect.

3. How many captains were at the gates and were matched again during the battle?

4. Who returns to talk to Creon after he has been yelled at and threatened by Creon for speaking with him before?

5. Man is considered to be the one who has ____________ animals, according to the content of the ode.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Antigone have to say when Creon states that she defied the law about burying her brother?

3. What did Antigone do after the winds picked up and darkness fell, after she cried over the body of her brother?

4. Who informs the audience of the battle that precipitated the previous scene of the play?

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

6. What does Creon do in order to address the fears of the people when a new leader emerges?

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

8. What does this ode have to say about the transference of God's wrath between generations?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Death is almost its own character in this story, appearing to advance the story as it unfolds.

Part 1: Why do you think that death is the only possible sentence for Antigone's crime?

Part 2: Why do you think that some of the characters felt that death was the only way to change the outcome of the story?

Part 3: How might the play have been changed if Haemon and the queen had not killed themselves?

Essay Topic 2

At various points of the story, it seems that characters already know what is to happen, even before it happens.

Part 1: Why do you think it's important to have this sort of foreshadowing in a piece of literature?

Part 2: Do you think it ruins a story to hint as to what might happen in the end?

Part 3: If the characters already know what's going to happen, why don't they do anything more to stop the hands of fate?

Essay Topic 3

The death of a brother has to be a terrifying ordeal for anyone to deal with, no matter the circumstances and the aftermath.

Part 1: Why do you think that Ismene isn't as concerned about Polyneices' burial?

Part 2: Why do you think Antigone feels so strongly that Polyneices be buried?

Part 3: Do you think Antigone was right in making the decision to bury Polynceices? Why or why not?

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