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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. What is the focus of this ode in the play? What theme is being discussed during this section?
2. Creon believes there is no greater evil than _____________ for that is what destroys households and nations.
3. The Messenger understands that the queen's _____________ might be too great for public display.
4. What is not one of the things that Antigone reminds the people of when she addresses the people of Thebes?
5. Love keepest the vigil on the soft cheek of a ____________, according to the Chorus in this section during the play.
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the Messenger say about the grief that the queen must be feeling after the events which took place?
2. What does the Messenger have to say about fate at the start of this scene of the play?
3. Who is the goddess of love and of beauty who the Chorus thinks also enjoys watching the foolishness of man?
4. What does Antigone ask all to see her as when she is standing in front of everyone?
5. What does this ode praise within the story and within the story of mankind as a whole?
6. Why was King Lycurgus, Dyras' son, imprisoned in stone, according to the Chorus in this ode?
7. To whom does Antigone compare her emotional state during her time before Creon?
8. Why is Creon happy that Haemon's fascination with Antigone seems to be fading?
9. What is Choragos' reaction when Antigone is brought before Creon at the start of this scene?
10. What does Antigone believe plagues her and all her family from the grave?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Like any piece of literature, one must look at the narrator of the story to decide if they can be believed as the story unfolds.
Part 1: Do you think the Chorus was the best choice for narrating this story? Why or why not?
Part 2: What are some of the weaknesses of having the Chorus narrate this story?
Part 3: What other character might be been better suited for narrating this play for the audience? Why?
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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