Antigone Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Creon tell the Chorus about Antigone in Part 6?

2. What is distinctive about the item Antigone uses to bury Polynices?

3. In Part 5, what does Creon do to Antigone after their discussion about how to kill her?

4. What does Jonas chat with Antigone about in Part 6?

5. In Part 6, what does the Chorus try to convince Creon to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Creon's choice of execution method appears cruel and extreme. What purpose would such an execution serve? What message do you think Creon was trying to send by walling her up in a cave? Why do you think Creon would choose this instead of possibly more humane methods of execution? What message do you think he was trying to send to Haemon by sentencing his fiancee to such a death?

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

At the end of the play, only Creon remains. He has lost everything but the crown he fought so hard to retain. He mentions that all of his dead loved ones are sleeping, and it must be good to sleep. What do you think Creon means by this statement? Is he expressing remorse, grief, guilt, or some combination? Do you think he sees what is really important now that he has lost it? Is there a lesson to be learned in his final scene? If so, what is it? If not, what purpose do you think his final scene serves?

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