Antigone Test | Final 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. Who gave Polyneices, the son of Oedipus, a proper burial at the end of this play?

2. Even though the king might have everything in life a powerful man might want, without __________ he has nothing coveted by others.

3. The Chorus talks about love's strength and destruction, such as it is between Creon and ____________.

4. Who was cursing Creon in their final moments on earth before they killed themselves?

5. Creon believes there is no greater evil than _____________ for that is what destroys households and nations.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Creon feel about prophets and what they have done to him in the past?

3. What does the Messenger have to say about fate at the start of this scene of the play?

4. What does the Messenger say about the grief that the queen must be feeling after the events which took place?

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

6. What does this ode praise within the story and within the story of mankind as a whole?

7. What does the Chorus elaborate on when it comes to love and its role in the relationship of Haemon and Creon?

8. When did Teiresias make an offering to the gods, he tells Creon, that was then refused?

9. What does love have the power over, according to this ode in the play?

10. Why does the Messenger answer the queen, Eurydice, with honesty rather than with lies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Death is almost its own character in this story, appearing to advance the story as it unfolds.

Part 1: Why do you think that death is the only possible sentence for Antigone's crime?

Part 2: Why do you think that some of the characters felt that death was the only way to change the outcome of the story?

Part 3: How might the play have been changed if Haemon and the queen had not killed themselves?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The Chorus is something most readers are not used to seeing in a play as they might see or read in the modern times.

Part 1: Why do you think the Chorus played such an important role in Greek tragedies?

Part 2: Why is the Chorus a necessary part of the play?

Part 3: How might the play have changed if the Chorus had not been included in this play?

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