Antigone Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. That __________ which neither sleep, the all-ensnaring, not the untiring months of the gods can master.

2. What does Ismene swear to Antigone when she hears of Antigone's decision to act?

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

4. What did Antigone sprinkle over the body of her brother after the winds picked up at midday?

5. What is the one force from which the Chorus notes that man is not immune?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Antigone and Ismene commiserating about at the start of the story that drives the rest of the play?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How is the water image in this stansimon depicted, which is parallel to the ode's ideas about God's wrath?

10. What is the status of the battle at the start of the play, ANTIGONE?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The physical violence that takes place in Antigone is hard to avoid. From the beginning of the story to the end, death happens and swiftly.

Part 1: Why do you think that Antigone killed herself in the end?

Part 2: Why do you think that Haemon killed himself in the end?

Part 3: Why do you think the queen killed herself in the end?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The idea of family values and loyalty is one that is tested time and time again in this story - from Antigone and her beliefs to Haemon and his relationship with his father.

Part 1: Why do you think Antigone values her family even more than the law in this play?

Part 2: Why do you think Haemon is so willing to argue with his father about the law that Antigone breaks?

Part 3: What does this play seem to be saying about the value of family in one's life?

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