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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 does Creon feel have always manipulated him, which is a sign of his own self pity for his situation?
2. The prophet goes on to tell Creon that he will be paid back _________________.
3. Antigone asks that all see her as a woman about to die, a woman who will never ____________.
4. The Chorus notes that even the powerful are not immune to ___________, as the wife could not let go of her sadness
5. Haemon shares with Creon that the people see Antigone as ____________ for the actions she has taken.
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does the Messenger answer the queen, Eurydice, with honesty rather than with lies?
2. What is Choragos' reaction when Antigone is brought before Creon at the start of this scene?
3. What does the Messenger have to say about fate at the start of this scene of the play?
4. To whom does Antigone compare her emotional state during her time before Creon?
5. What does Antigone believe plagues her and all her family from the grave?
6. What does the prophet tell Creon will happen if he goes through with his actions?
7. Why does Creon believe he will be seen as even more powerful than he is now?
8. What is the other story of jealousy that the Chorus relates to the audience within this ode, regarding the king and his first wife?
9. What does Antigone ask all to see her as when she is standing in front of everyone?
10. What does the Messenger say about the grief that the queen must be feeling after the events which took place?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
It's interesting to see a less modern book with strong female characters. This is not something one would normally expect to find in a Greek tragedy.
Part 1: Why do you think that Antigone was 'allowed' to be a strong character in this book?
Part 2: What is the advantage of having a woman in the role that Antigone plays instead of a man?
Part 3: Why do you think that the author thought that Antigone, as a character, would make the decisions she did, as opposed to someone else?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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