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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 Creon's wife doing when she is introduced?
2. How is Antigone described in Part 1?
3. Ismene tells Antigone that she should __________ Polynices like Polynices ____________ them.
4. What is Ismene doing in Part 1 when she is introduced?
5. What does Part 1 say about the play's setting?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do you think the author chose to introduce Antigone and her sister, Ismene, as such contrasting characters? What purpose might this serve to the storyline?
2. What is ironic about Ismene's plea to Antigone to give up her plan to bury Polynices?
3. Antigone's unfinished letter is a symbol of what?
4. What does Creon do that gives him a more human quality than he has previously shown?
5. What is the moment of crisis as described in "Antigone"?
6. The Chorus is a parallel representation of the Chorus which was often used in Greek tragedy. Do you see any other representations characteristic of Greek tragedy within Part 1?
7. In examining Antigone, one is drawn to the conclusion that Anouilh is influenced greatly by the genre of Greek tragedy. There are several key differences, however. One of those differences is the role of the gods in the lives of common men and women. In what manner does Anouilh firmly plant his storyline in the modern day by supplanting man's influence for the influence the gods?
8. As is typical of a tragedy, the lovers die together; their marital bed now serving as their death bed. Do you think Creon is really surprised by Haemon's suicide?
9. Discuss Creon and Antigone's divergent thoughts on the importance of the rite of burial in Part 5.
10. Outline the descriptions of the following characters: Antigone, Ismene, Creon, Haemon.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe Creon's rise to King of Thebes. What was his previous governmental role? Why do you think he was chosen as ruler? Since his bloodline isn't the same as Oedipus's, what must he do to prove that he is worthy of the throne? Did his diverse treatment of Eteocles's and Polynices's bodies have anything to do with feeling that he must prove his strength and worthiness? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Greek tragedies also tend to use foreshadowing for dramatic effect. Choose an instance of foreshadowing from the play and describe it and the event it foreshadows. Go into detail about both the event and the instance of foreshadowing, explaining what you think ties them together and why.
Essay Topic 3
Typical of the Greek tragedies such as the one upon which this play is based, fate is a pervasive theme in "Antigone." Describe circumstances in the play where a character seems to surrender to fate. Do you believe this character feels he/she has any control over his/her ultimate destiny? Why or why not? Does the character seem to feel inexorably drawn toward his/her fate, or does he/she seem to fight and exert his/her will? Why?
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