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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. Who introduces the character of Creon to the play and to the audience who might be watching the play?

2. Creon sees his job as for the general _____________ over personal alliances and over personal friendships.

3. Man is considered to be the one who has ____________ animals, according to the content of the ode.

4. Creon shouts that the gods do not favor the ________ such as Polyneices who show them disrespect.

5. To what place does Creon believe that Antigone will go after her death for her actions?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is man said to be the Master of when the Chorus speaks of man in this section of the play?

7. No matter the vicissitudes of life, what does the Chorus say man is held in?

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

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

10. What is the one force from which man is not immune, according to the Chorus in this part of the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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