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. That __________ which neither sleep, the all-ensnaring, not the untiring months of the gods can master.

2. What is the relationship between Eteocles and Polyneices in the play, even though they fight each other?

3. Creon believes that because of Antigone's stubbornness, she will inevitably __________.

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

5. What is not one of the animals that the Chorus notes that man can tame or master?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Antigone plan to do in response to the King's decree about the burial of her brother?

2. What does Creon believe is secondary to the general good of the people he now rules?

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

4. What is man said to be the Master of when the Chorus speaks of man in this section of the play?

5. What does the Chorus praise when they are speaking in this section of the play?

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

7. What does the decree of King Creon have to say about the burial of Antigone and Ismene's brothers?

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

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

10. What are Choragos and the Chorus meant to represent during the rest 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

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 3

The idea that this is a tragedy is mentioned halfway through the story, though the reader has probably already guessed this by that point.

Part 1: How do you think the author of the play defines the idea of tragedy?

Part 2: Why do you think it was important for the Chorus to mention that this play is a tragedy?

Part 3: Does the fact that bad things happen in this play make it more powerful for the reader? Why or why not?

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