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. Creon acknowledges that __________ is not transferable from one leader to the next. He must earn it.

2. Choragos speaks for the Chorus as ___________, pleading for more active support from others in the city during the play.

3. What is the punishment for burying the body of the soldier in defiance of the decree during the play?

4. Man turns the soil of the land with the offspring of ____________, according to the ode.

5. What does the leader of the group call Polyneices when he is in the midst of battle? A wild __________ screaming.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Choragos have to say about Polyneices during the battle the previous day?

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

3. What does Creon say about his position and his worthiness to be in such a position?

4. No matter the vicissitudes of life, what does the Chorus say man is held in?

5. Why did the sentry not intend to come back to speak to the king about what he knew about Antigone?

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

7. What transpired between the two brothers, according to the Chorus in the play during this scene?

8. What happens to men who are happy in their evil doings, according to the Chorus in this scene?

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

10. What does the sentry admit to Choragos when he is being questioned about the burial?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Oedipus, though dead, is brought into the play as well at various times, as the curse of Antigone and of her life.

Part 1: Why do you think that the play brings the idea of Oedipus into the play?

Part 2: Do you think that someone's past can curse someone's present life? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you feel sorry for Antigone in having the past she does with Oedipus? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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