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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. And _________, the eldest of the gods, the immortal, the unwearied, doth he wear...

2. Man is the most awesome wonder in the _____________, according to the Chorus during the play.

3. Whose body is to be left out to be pecked and torn apart, without a proper military burial?

4. Thou, a ruler to whom ____________ brings not old age, dwellest in the dazzling splendour of Olympus.

5. Who interrogates the Sentry when he reveals the person who is responsible for burying the body?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Chorus speak of in relation to the recent events of the story?

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

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

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

5. What is the one force from which man is not immune, according to the Chorus in this part 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. What does Choragos have to say about Polyneices during the battle the previous day?

8. What are Creon's ideas about loyalty when it comes to ruling the people of Thebes?

9. What did Antigone do after the winds picked up and darkness fell, after she cried over the body of her brother?

10. What are Choragos and the Chorus meant to represent during the rest of the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Women are certainly a central focus of this play and of its actions. There are many questions also brought up in regards to the position of women in society.

Part 1: What does the author seem to be saying about the position of women in society at the time?

Part 2: Why does Isemene seem to think that women should obey the laws of men?

Part 3: Would you consider Antigone to be a feminist? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The Chorus seems fickle at times, thus acting much like a mob in a city. However, they also have influence in the story, it seems.

Part 1: Do you think the mob mentality adds a new dimension to the story?

Part 2: Why do you think the Chorus can still affect the outcome of the story, even though it changes positions in the play?

Part 3: Does the commentary of the Chorus help your comprehension and enjoyment of the story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Oedipus, though dead, is brought into the play as well at various times, as the curse of Antigone and of her life.

Part 1: Why do you think that the play brings the idea of Oedipus into the play?

Part 2: Do you think that someone's past can curse someone's present life? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you feel sorry for Antigone in having the past she does with Oedipus? Why or why not?

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