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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 goes to free Antigone and to bury Polyneices as the prophet said should be done?

2. Who leads Teiresias into the court in order to see the King Creon and tell him some news during the play?

3. Choragos tells Creon that the gods are ___________ to him now during the play.

4. Why was the princess to which Antigone is compared locked up in a prison during the play?

5. Whose arrival does Choragos announce at the beginning of the scene in the play?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is the other story of jealousy that the Chorus relates to the audience within this ode, regarding the king and his first wife?

7. To whom does Antigone compare her emotional state during her time before Creon?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The death of a brother has to be a terrifying ordeal for anyone to deal with, no matter the circumstances and the aftermath.

Part 1: Why do you think that Ismene isn't as concerned about Polyneices' burial?

Part 2: Why do you think Antigone feels so strongly that Polyneices be buried?

Part 3: Do you think Antigone was right in making the decision to bury Polynceices? 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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