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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 prophet tells Creon he has kept Polyneices from ____________ and buried Antigone alive.
2. Antigone agrees that her father's ______________ guilt plagues all her family from the grave.
3. Creon believes that Antigone would have been trouble for Haemon both in and out of _________.
4. Once offended, the Chorus states, gods and goddesses are without ____________ for the offending party.
5. Why is Creon apt to decide that the prophet has been telling him the truth about his situation?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why was King Lycurgus, Dyras' son, imprisoned in stone, according to the Chorus in this ode?
2. What does this ode praise within the story and within the story of mankind as a whole?
3. What does the prophet tell Creon when he enters the room, led by the boy into the court?
4. What does the Chorus elaborate on when it comes to love and its role in the relationship of Haemon and Creon?
5. What does Haemon come to say to his father, Creon, when he learns about Antigone?
6. Why is Creon happy that Haemon's fascination with Antigone seems to be fading?
7. Who is the goddess of love and of beauty who the Chorus thinks also enjoys watching the foolishness of man?
8. What does the Messenger have to say about fate at the start of this scene of the play?
9. What is Choragos' reaction when Antigone is brought before Creon at the start of this scene?
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
At various points of the story, it seems that characters already know what is to happen, even before it happens.
Part 1: Why do you think it's important to have this sort of foreshadowing in a piece of literature?
Part 2: Do you think it ruins a story to hint as to what might happen in the end?
Part 3: If the characters already know what's going to happen, why don't they do anything more to stop the hands of fate?
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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