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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. Ismene tries to uphold __________ law and does not believe anyone should oppose it during the play.
2. Creon sees the rights of the _____________ as different for those who are good and those who are wicked.
3. Antigone states that Creon's law will never be __________ law, which is the law Antigone believes is important.
4. The Chorus notes that it can see that generation is not ____________ by generation during the play.
5. Eventually those who are evil will have to face truth and ______________ for their deeds.
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Creon say that Eteocles will receive a proper burial after his efforts in the battle?
2. What does Creon say about his position and his worthiness to be in such a position?
3. To whom does this ode of the play attribute most of Antigone's problems?
4. What did Antigone do after the winds picked up and darkness fell, after she cried over the body of her brother?
5. What happens to men who are happy in their evil doings, according to the Chorus in this scene?
6. What are Creon's ideas about loyalty when it comes to ruling the people of Thebes?
7. What does the Chorus speak of in relation to the recent events of the story?
8. Why did the sentry not intend to come back to speak to the king about what he knew about Antigone?
9. What happened the day before the opening of the play, according to the speakers in this scene?
10. What are Choragos and the Chorus meant to represent during the rest of the play?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Death is almost its own character in this story, appearing to advance the story as it unfolds.
Part 1: Why do you think that death is the only possible sentence for Antigone's crime?
Part 2: Why do you think that some of the characters felt that death was the only way to change the outcome of the story?
Part 3: How might the play have been changed if Haemon and the queen had not killed themselves?
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
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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