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

2. What is the punishment for burying the body of the soldier in defiance of the decree during the play?

3. Who returns to talk to Creon after he has been yelled at and threatened by Creon for speaking with him before?

4. But some god strikes them down, and the race hath no __________________, according to the Chorus.

5. Whose body is to be left out to be pecked and torn apart, without a proper military burial?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Antigone plan to do in response to the King's decree about the burial of her brother?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea that this is a tragedy is mentioned halfway through the story, though the reader has probably already guessed this by that point.

Part 1: How do you think the author of the play defines the idea of tragedy?

Part 2: Why do you think it was important for the Chorus to mention that this play is a tragedy?

Part 3: Does the fact that bad things happen in this play make it more powerful for the reader? 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

At various points of the story, it seems that characters already know what is to happen, even before it happens.

Part 1: Why do you think it's important to have this sort of foreshadowing in a piece of literature?

Part 2: Do you think it ruins a story to hint as to what might happen in the end?

Part 3: If the characters already know what's going to happen, why don't they do anything more to stop the hands of fate?

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