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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Even though the king might have everything in life a powerful man might want, without __________ he has nothing coveted by others.
2. The goddesses that King Lycurgus offended were NOT the goddesses who looked over ______________.
3. Creon is delighted that Haemon's fascination with ____________ seems to be eroding during this scene during the play.
4. The Chorus states that they believe Antigone to be ____________, and neither illness nor war carries her to her death.
5. Haemon shares with Creon that the people see Antigone as ____________ for the actions she has taken.
Essay Topic 1
The idea that this is a tragedy is mentioned halfway through the story, though the reader has probably already guessed this by that point.
Part 1: How do you think the author of the play defines the idea of tragedy?
Part 2: Why do you think it was important for the Chorus to mention that this play is a tragedy?
Part 3: Does the fact that bad things happen in this play make it more powerful for the reader? Why or why not?
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
Like so many other sisters, Antigone and Ismene seem to have a complicated relationship. They want what's best for themselves and for others, though they do not agree.
Part 1: Why do you think these sisters seem to have so much trouble, at first, agreeing with each other?
Part 2: Which sister seems to have the most plausible argument regarding the burial of Polyneices? Why?
Part 3: Do you think that sisters can ever agree with each other all the time? Why or why not?
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