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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. Polyneices led the attack on his _____________ during that final battle before the play starts.
2. Antigone states that Creon's law will never be __________ law, which is the law Antigone believes is important.
3. Who killed herself when she realized the incestuous relationship had taken place?
4. Creon argues that ______________ would be insulted that Antigone decided to bury the body of Polyneices.
5. Antigone reminds Ismene of family __________ when she tries to reason with her about her actions.
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does God support the Theban warriors during the battle that took place prior to the start of the play?
2. What is the one force from which man is not immune, according to the Chorus in this part of the play?
3. What does Antigone plan to do in response to the King's decree about the burial of her brother?
4. What is the punishment for Antigone if she goes against the decree of King Creon?
5. What are Antigone and Ismene commiserating about at the start of the story that drives the rest of the play?
6. What did Antigone do after the winds picked up and darkness fell, after she cried over the body of her brother?
7. What is man said to be the Master of when the Chorus speaks of man in this section of the play?
8. What does the Chorus speak of in relation to the recent events of the story?
9. What does Creon believe is secondary to the general good of the people he now rules?
10. What does the Chorus say about man and about his position in the universe?
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
During the course of the play, there seem to be a number of characters who move back and forth between major characters, causing messages to be shared in directly.
Part 1: Why are the minor characters given the great tasks of sharing information with major players in the story?
Part 2: Why do you think that major characters don't speak to each other more directly during this play?
Part 3: How might the play be different if the action only focused on the major characters?
Essay Topic 3
In a sense, there are numerous rivalries occurring during and before the start of this play.
Part 1: Why did Eteocles and Polyneices have a rivalry between themselves?
Part 2: Why did Ismene and Antigone have a rivalry between themselves?
Part 3: Why is rivalry necessary in the course of human relationships? Or isn't it?
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