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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. What is the other name for God that is used by the Chorus in this scene of the play and throughout the play?

2. The Chorus notes that it can see that generation is not ____________ by generation during the play.

3. Choragos speaks for the Chorus as ___________, pleading for more active support from others in the city during the play.

4. Creon acknowledges that __________ is not transferable from one leader to the next. He must earn it.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Creon caution against in the support of his decree about the burial rulings for the two men?

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

5. What does Creon say about his position and his worthiness to be in such a position?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Creon believe is secondary to the general good of the people he now rules?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Like any piece of literature, one must look at the narrator of the story to decide if they can be believed as the story unfolds.

Part 1: Do you think the Chorus was the best choice for narrating this story? Why or why not?

Part 2: What are some of the weaknesses of having the Chorus narrate this story?

Part 3: What other character might be been better suited for narrating this play for the audience? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The idea that this is a tragedy is mentioned halfway through the story, though the reader has probably already guessed this by that point.

Part 1: How do you think the author of the play defines the idea of tragedy?

Part 2: Why do you think it was important for the Chorus to mention that this play is a tragedy?

Part 3: Does the fact that bad things happen in this play make it more powerful for the reader? Why or why not?

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