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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. The Chorus notes that even the powerful are not immune to ___________, as the wife could not let go of her sadness
2. Choragos tells Creon to do as the prophet tells him to do as the justice of the __________ is swift.
3. Creon believes there is no greater evil than _____________ for that is what destroys households and nations.
4. Creon realizes that the tragedy is surely punishment from _________ and the pain is immeasurable.
5. What happened to the offering that the prophet made to the gods after the prophet heard strange sounds?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the prophet tell Creon will happen if he goes through with his actions?
2. Who is the goddess of love and of beauty who the Chorus thinks also enjoys watching the foolishness of man?
3. Why is Creon happy that Haemon's fascination with Antigone seems to be fading?
4. What does Antigone believe plagues her and all her family from the grave?
5. What does the Messenger say about the grief that the queen must be feeling after the events which took place?
6. When did Teiresias make an offering to the gods, he tells Creon, that was then refused?
7. What is Choragos' reaction when Antigone is brought before Creon at the start of this scene?
8. What does Creon feel about prophets and what they have done to him in the past?
9. What does Creon pity in some men after talking with Haemon about their relationship?
10. Why does the Messenger answer the queen, Eurydice, with honesty rather than with lies?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The main idea of this story is the idea of moral law versus man's law, with the obvious tilt toward moral law being over man's law.
Part 1: How does one even begin to define the idea of moral law? Can this even be measured? Why or why not?
Part 2: Why do you think that moral law is more revered than man's law?
Part 3: Which do you believe is more important - man's law or moral law? Why?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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