Antigone Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. To what place does Creon believe that Antigone will go after her death for her actions?

2. The two men of cruel fate were born of one _____________ and one mother, according to the Chorus.

3. What is the punishment for burying the body of the soldier in defiance of the decree during the play?

4. Creon lets the people know that his position is __________ ordained and thus he is the rightful heir.

5. Where does the Chorus state that Polyneices came from when he entered into battle?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Chorus say about man and about his position in the universe?

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

3. What are Antigone and Ismene commiserating about at the start of the story that drives the rest of the play?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the tone that the Chorus now takes on, which is different from the earlier tone it shared?

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

During the course of the play, there seem to be a number of characters who move back and forth between major characters, causing messages to be shared in directly.

Part 1: Why are the minor characters given the great tasks of sharing information with major players in the story?

Part 2: Why do you think that major characters don't speak to each other more directly during this play?

Part 3: How might the play be different if the action only focused on the major characters?

Essay Topic 3

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?

(see the answer keys)

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