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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. Antigone claims she will be ready to face a/an _____________ death if she is caught in her actions.

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

3. Antigone points out to Creon that she is aware that __________ is inevitable for her, both now and in the future.

4. What else does the Chorus remind the audience that man is strong in?

5. Creon realizes he still needs to prove his worth to the people as a _____________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the guards do after Creon threatened the sentry initially after questioning him?

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

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

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

5. In relation to man and to his frailty, the Chorus brings up the evil in having what?

6. What does the Chorus say about man and about his position in the universe?

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

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

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

10. What is the tone that the Chorus now takes on, which is different from the earlier tone it shared?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Like so many other sisters, Antigone and Ismene seem to have a complicated relationship. They want what's best for themselves and for others, though they do not agree.

Part 1: Why do you think these sisters seem to have so much trouble, at first, agreeing with each other?

Part 2: Which sister seems to have the most plausible argument regarding the burial of Polyneices? Why?

Part 3: Do you think that sisters can ever agree with each other all the time? 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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