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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. The Chorus compares Antigone to ___________, a princess who was imprisoned for an act she might commit.
3. The goddesses that King Lycurgus offended were NOT the goddesses who looked over ______________.
4. Where is Antigone led to after she has been given her sentence by Creon, the King?
5. _____________ starts to tear up at the sight of Antigone being led into the room during the play.
Short Essay Questions
1. What does love have the power over, according to this ode in the play?
2. What does the Messenger have to say about fate at the start of this scene of the play?
3. What is Choragos' reaction when Antigone is brought before Creon at the start of this scene?
4. What does this ode praise within the story and within the story of mankind as a whole?
5. What is the other story of jealousy that the Chorus relates to the audience within this ode, regarding the king and his first wife?
6. Why does Creon believe he will be seen as even more powerful than he is now?
7. What does Antigone believe plagues her and all her family from the grave?
8. To whom does this Chorus compare Antigone in this ode and why?
9. Why is Creon happy that Haemon's fascination with Antigone seems to be fading?
10. What does Creon feel about prophets and what they have done to him in the past?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
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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