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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 is Oedipus?
2. What is Creon's wife doing when she is introduced?
3. How is Antigone described in Part 1?
4. Ismene reminds Antigone that Polynices was more of a ___________ to them.
5. In Part 3, Ismene urges Antigone not to what?
Short Essay Questions
1. Prophecy is a large part of the story of Oedipus, his children, and the city of Thebes. A complicated and convoluted story, Oedipus's fate, and hence that of his children and Thebes, was foretold long before his birth and began with Oedipus's father, Laius's, evil act of kidnapping and murdering his friend's young son. In Part 2, the reader begins to get a feel for the inevitability of this curse and its after effects on the city of Thebes. What are Antigone's feelings about this curse as shown in Part 2?
2. 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?
3. A case can be made for either Antigone or Creon as the tragic hero. Choose one and explain why you believe that person is the play's tragic hero.
4. How do Haemon and Antigone view Creon's life?
5. How does Creon react to Haemon's plea for Antigone's life in Part 6?
6. 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?
7. Why do you think that Antigone lies to Creon when he asks if anyone else knows what she is doing in Part 5?
8. The relationship between Antigone and Haemon is complicated. Despite his vows of love, Antigone cannot bring herself to believe that Haemon would choose her over Ismene. In Part 3, what does Antigone do to test Haemon?
9. In Part 7, what is the symbolism of the guards coming in and sitting down to play cards?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Chorus is another element common to Greek tragedies, often representing the feelings of the spectators of the tragedy. When there is sorrow and the character appears stoic, the Chorus wails its anguish. Anger, confusion, practically any extreme emotion is carried out by the Chorus while the characters seem resigned to whatever event might be occurring. Recall a situation where the Chorus is employed in "Antigone." What is the Chorus's role in this situation? Why?
Essay Topic 2
What purpose does the Chorus serve? Is it a genuine character or more of a narrator? Do you think that his role is necessary or extraneous? Why?
Essay Topic 3
Creon is stunned when he learns that Antigone is his betrayer. He simply cannot comprehend that his son's fiancee would defy him so flagrantly. Even more disconcerting to him, Antigone admits her guilt and, when offered a way out, simply states that a cover-up would do no good since she would just defy his order again. Up to this point, Creon has appeared impersonal and stoic. Does his obvious discomfort at Antigone's confession make him appear more or less human? Support your answer with specific examples from the text.
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