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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. Nothing that is cast enters into the life of mortals without a ____________, according to the Chorus.

2. What is the new tone of this group of citizens that is now speaking to the audience?

3. For that hope whose wanderings are so __________ is to many men a comfort, according to the Chorus.

4. What did the person who tried to bury the body use in order to start to cover Polyneices up?

5. What does the Sentry say that Creon should do with Antigone now that she is before him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Messenger have to say about fate at the start of this scene of the play?

2. What does the Messenger say about the grief that the queen must be feeling after the events which took place?

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

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

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

6. What is the other story of jealousy that the Chorus relates to the audience within this ode, regarding the king and his first wife?

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

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

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

10. What are Creon's ideas about loyalty when it comes to ruling the people of Thebes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Like any piece of literature, one must look at the narrator of the story to decide if they can be believed as the story unfolds.

Part 1: Do you think the Chorus was the best choice for narrating this story? Why or why not?

Part 2: What are some of the weaknesses of having the Chorus narrate this story?

Part 3: What other character might be been better suited for narrating this play for the audience? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Even though Antigone knows that she will be punished for her crimes, she admits her actions quickly and explains her intentions.

Part 1: Do you think that Antigone should have confessed for her crimes? Why or why not?

Part 2: How do you think others in the town feel about Antigone and the way she carried herself after being arrested?

Part 3: What do you think would have happened if Antigone had lied to Creon?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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