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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 relationship between Antigone and Ismene, the two women at the start of the story?

2. Thou, a ruler to whom ____________ brings not old age, dwellest in the dazzling splendour of Olympus.

3. What happened at midday when the guards were watching the body that was not supposed to be buried?

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

5. Where does the Chorus state that Polyneices came from when he entered into battle?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does the Chorus elaborate on when it comes to love and its role in the relationship of Haemon and Creon?

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

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

8. What will happen to Polyneices' body after he was killed during the battle?

9. To whom does Antigone compare her emotional state during her time before Creon?

10. What is Choragos' reaction when Antigone is brought before Creon at the start of this scene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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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