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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 the youth alone on the other side of the stage?
2. How is Haemon related to Antigone?
3. What is Antigone's response to Ismene's reply when Antigone tells Ismene about her plan?
4. What is Antigone's plan in Part 2?
5. What does the person who confronts Antigone in Part 2 think Antigone was doing?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the role of the Messenger, and why is he sitting away from the rest of the group?
2. What role does Ismene play in Part 5?
3. Ismene uses several arguments in an effort to convince Antigone that her plan to bury Polynices is foolhardy. Choose one of those arguments and describe why the argument might work or why it might not.
4. 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?
5. Who was responsible for Oedipus's death and why? What did Oedipus do before he died?
6. In Part 2, the reader begins to get a feel of Antigone as a tragic heroine. What are some of the hints the author gives to lead the reader to this conclusion?
7. After learning of Haemon's suicide, Creon's wife takes her life. What does Creon say about those who have died?
8. What might Creon's failed attempts to cover up Antigone's betrayal represent to the author?
9. What is the purpose of the Chorus in Part 1?
10. How is Antigone to be put to death, and how does she feel about it?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
A strong and perhaps puzzling image used to close out the play is the three guards playing cards. On the surface, this seems an odd way to end the play, yet, on another level, it could be viewed as a way to sum up all of the play's dramatic events. Just about everyone in this play is gambling in one manner or another. Using this analogy, compare Creon's, Antigone's, and Haemon's actions in the play to a game of cards. Does the adage, "The house always wins" hold true in each of these characters' situations, or did one or more of them actually walk away a winner? Why?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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