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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. When Choragos asks the Messenger about his depressing tone, who does the Messenger say has killed himself?
2. Who was cursing Creon in their final moments on earth before they killed themselves?
3. Haemon tells his father than ____________ has nothing to do with being right or wrong.
4. The Chorus notes that even the powerful are not immune to ___________, as the wife could not let go of her sadness
5. Where is Antigone led to after she has been given her sentence by Creon, the King?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happened in the tomb of Antigone after Creon buried Polyneices properly?
2. What is the other story of jealousy that the Chorus relates to the audience within this ode, regarding the king and his first wife?
3. What does the Messenger have to say about fate at the start of this scene of the play?
4. Why does the Messenger answer the queen, Eurydice, with honesty rather than with lies?
5. What does the Messenger say about the grief that the queen must be feeling after the events which took place?
6. What does the Chorus elaborate on when it comes to love and its role in the relationship of Haemon and Creon?
7. What does Haemon come to say to his father, Creon, when he learns about Antigone?
8. Why does Creon believe he will be seen as even more powerful than he is now?
9. When did Teiresias make an offering to the gods, he tells Creon, that was then refused?
10. What does love have the power over, according to this ode in the play?
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
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 3
The second section of the play is actually a recollection of the battle that took place to cause the deaths of Eteocles and Polyneices.
Part 1: Why do you think the author decided to backtrack after the opening has already been established?
Part 2: Why does the play need to describe the events which took place in the battle?
Part 3: Do you think the play would have been weakened if this second section had not been included? Why or why not?
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