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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 handicap of Teiresias, the prophet, who comes to speak to Creon during the play?
2. When talking to Haemon, Creon insists that ____________ has no right to tell him how to rule.
3. The Chorus states that they believe Antigone to be ____________, and neither illness nor war carries her to her death.
4. Who visited the princess during her imprisonment for something she could do nothing about?
5. Who was the son supposed to kill as a result of a prophesy that was given?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Creon feel about prophets and what they have done to him in the past?
2. What does Antigone ask all to see her as when she is standing in front of everyone?
3. What does the Chorus elaborate on when it comes to love and its role in the relationship of Haemon and Creon?
4. What does love have the power over, according to this ode in the play?
5. What does the prophet tell Creon will happen if he goes through with his actions?
6. Why does the Messenger answer the queen, Eurydice, with honesty rather than with lies?
7. What does Haemon come to say to his father, Creon, when he learns about Antigone?
8. What does the prophet tell Creon when he enters the room, led by the boy into the court?
9. Why does Creon believe he will be seen as even more powerful than he is now?
10. Why was King Lycurgus, Dyras' son, imprisoned in stone, according to the Chorus in this ode?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
At various points of the story, it seems that characters already know what is to happen, even before it happens.
Part 1: Why do you think it's important to have this sort of foreshadowing in a piece of literature?
Part 2: Do you think it ruins a story to hint as to what might happen in the end?
Part 3: If the characters already know what's going to happen, why don't they do anything more to stop the hands of fate?
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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