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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. Man also is the one who protects himself from the ____________, according to the content of the ode.

2. What is the relationship between Polyneices and Antigone in this play?

3. The Chorus celebrates the slaying of the two men to be the ultimate __________ victory.

4. How does Creon describe Antigone after she calls him a fool during her interrogation?

5. What did the person who tried to bury the body use in order to start to cover Polyneices up?

Short Essay Questions

1. To whom does this ode of the play attribute most of Antigone's problems?

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

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

4. What are Creon's ideas about loyalty when it comes to ruling the people of Thebes?

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

6. Why does God support the Theban warriors during the battle that took place prior to the start of the play?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The second section of the play is actually a recollection of the battle that took place to cause the deaths of Eteocles and Polyneices.

Part 1: Why do you think the author decided to backtrack after the opening has already been established?

Part 2: Why does the play need to describe the events which took place in the battle?

Part 3: Do you think the play would have been weakened if this second section had not been included? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Women are certainly a central focus of this play and of its actions. There are many questions also brought up in regards to the position of women in society.

Part 1: What does the author seem to be saying about the position of women in society at the time?

Part 2: Why does Isemene seem to think that women should obey the laws of men?

Part 3: Would you consider Antigone to be a feminist? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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