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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. The ode also points out that ___________ wrath is passed on to future generations, as seen with Antigone.

2. And through the future, near and far, as through the past, shall this ___________ hold good.

3. Man has even taught himself, according to the Chorus, to flee the arrows of the ____________.

4. What was Antigone doing to the body of her brother when the guards rushed up to stop her?

5. Nothing that is cast enters into the life of mortals without a ____________, according to the Chorus.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the Messenger have to say about fate at the start of this scene of the play?

3. What happened the day before the opening of the play, according to the speakers in this scene?

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

5. What happens to men who are happy in their evil doings, according to the Chorus in this scene?

6. What does this ode praise within the story and within the story of mankind as a whole?

7. What does the Chorus lament in relation to Antigone's story and to the story of the princess?

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

9. What does the Messenger say about the grief that the queen must be feeling after the events which took place?

10. What is the other story of jealousy that the Chorus relates to the audience within this ode, regarding the king and his first wife?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Like any piece of literature, one must look at the narrator of the story to decide if they can be believed as the story unfolds.

Part 1: Do you think the Chorus was the best choice for narrating this story? Why or why not?

Part 2: What are some of the weaknesses of having the Chorus narrate this story?

Part 3: What other character might be been better suited for narrating this play for the audience? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The Chorus seems fickle at times, thus acting much like a mob in a city. However, they also have influence in the story, it seems.

Part 1: Do you think the mob mentality adds a new dimension to the story?

Part 2: Why do you think the Chorus can still affect the outcome of the story, even though it changes positions in the play?

Part 3: Does the commentary of the Chorus help your comprehension and enjoyment of the story? Why or why not?

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