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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 does the Sentry admit is responsible for the burying of Polyneices?

2. What were Polyneices' jaws filled with, according to the speeches of the Chorus in this scene?

3. Without ______________, he meets nothing that must come; only against Death shall he call for aid in vain.

4. And ___________, and wind-swift thought, and all the moods that would a state, hath he taught himself.

5. Creon realizes he still needs to prove his worth to the people as a _____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What happens to men who are happy in their evil doings, according to the Chorus in this scene?

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

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

7. What does Choragos have to say about Polyneices during the battle the previous day?

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

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

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

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

Even though Antigone knows that she will be punished for her crimes, she admits her actions quickly and explains her intentions.

Part 1: Do you think that Antigone should have confessed for her crimes? Why or why not?

Part 2: How do you think others in the town feel about Antigone and the way she carried herself after being arrested?

Part 3: What do you think would have happened if Antigone had lied to Creon?

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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