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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 ___________ accuse each other of being the one who buried the body illegally during the play.

2. What army decided to attack Thebes, though they were driven back during their efforts during the play?

3. What is the color of the shield of Polyneices, according to the Chorus in this scene?

4. Who enters in order to announce to the king that someone has tried to cover up the body of Polyneices?

5. The Chorus goes on to celebrate man as the ____________ of all beasts in the world during the play.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the sentry admit to Choragos when he is being questioned about the burial?

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

4. What will happen to Polyneices' body after he was killed during the battle?

5. Why does Creon say that Eteocles will receive a proper burial after his efforts in the battle?

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

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

8. Who informs the audience of the battle that precipitated the previous scene of the play?

9. What is the punishment for Antigone if she goes against the decree of King Creon?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Fate seems to be a large character in and of itself, causing characters to do things and to not do things in accordance to it.

Part 1: Why do you think the characters in the play are not willing to do things to interfere with fate?

Part 2: Which character(s) seem most likely to ignore what might be considered to be fate? Why?

Part 3: Do you believe in the idea of fate? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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