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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. How many captains were at the gates and were matched again during the battle?

2. What did Oedipus do when he realized the incestuous affair that took place with Jocasta?

3. Antigone reminds Ismene of family __________ when she tries to reason with her about her actions.

4. The Chorus notes that even in evil doings, man can be ___________, but there are consequences to these actions.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The leader of Creon is one that is recognizable in today's culture, with his strong ideas about what is right and what is wrong.

Part 1: Why do you think that Creon can be a good leader for his people?

Part 2: In what ways might Creon not be the best leader choice for his people at the current time?

Part 3: How might Creon need to change in order to become a beloved leader?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The idea of family values and loyalty is one that is tested time and time again in this story - from Antigone and her beliefs to Haemon and his relationship with his father.

Part 1: Why do you think Antigone values her family even more than the law in this play?

Part 2: Why do you think Haemon is so willing to argue with his father about the law that Antigone breaks?

Part 3: What does this play seem to be saying about the value of family in one's life?

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