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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 Chorus celebrates the slaying of the two men to be the ultimate __________ victory.
2. Creon acknowledges that __________ is not transferable from one leader to the next. He must earn it.
3. And through the future, near and far, as through the past, shall this ___________ hold good.
4. Who is the leader of the group who is telling the story within this section of the play?
5. To what place does Creon believe that Antigone will go after her death for her actions?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is the water image in this stansimon depicted, which is parallel to the ode's ideas about God's wrath?
2. What does the sentry admit to Choragos when he is being questioned about the burial?
3. What does Creon say about his position and his worthiness to be in such a position?
4. What happened the day before the opening of the play, according to the speakers in this scene?
5. What did the guards do after Creon threatened the sentry initially after questioning him?
6. What does Choragos have to say about Polyneices during the battle the previous day?
7. No matter the vicissitudes of life, what does the Chorus say man is held in?
8. To whom does this ode of the play attribute most of Antigone's problems?
9. What are Choragos and the Chorus meant to represent during the rest of the play?
10. What is the punishment for Antigone if she goes against the decree of King Creon?
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
It's interesting to see a less modern book with strong female characters. This is not something one would normally expect to find in a Greek tragedy.
Part 1: Why do you think that Antigone was 'allowed' to be a strong character in this book?
Part 2: What is the advantage of having a woman in the role that Antigone plays instead of a man?
Part 3: Why do you think that the author thought that Antigone, as a character, would make the decisions she did, as opposed to someone else?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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