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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 new tone of this group of citizens that is now speaking to the audience?

2. What is not one of the animals that the Chorus notes that man can tame or master?

3. Antigone reminds Ismene of family __________ when she tries to reason with her about her actions.

4. Creon sees his job as for the general _____________ over personal alliances and over personal friendships.

5. What is the relationship between Polyneices and Antigone in this play?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the status of the battle at the start of the play, ANTIGONE?

4. What does the Chorus lament in relation to Antigone's story and to the story of the princess?

5. Why was King Lycurgus, Dyras' son, imprisoned in stone, according to the Chorus in this ode?

6. What happened in the tomb of Antigone after Creon buried Polyneices properly?

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

8. What does Haemon come to say to his father, Creon, when he learns about Antigone?

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

10. To whom does this Chorus compare Antigone in this ode and why?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The main idea of this story is the idea of moral law versus man's law, with the obvious tilt toward moral law being over man's law.

Part 1: How does one even begin to define the idea of moral law? Can this even be measured? Why or why not?

Part 2: Why do you think that moral law is more revered than man's law?

Part 3: Which do you believe is more important - man's law or moral law? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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