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 is Jonas asking Antigone when the guards burst in?

2. What does the Chorus remind Creon about Antigone in Part 6?

3. In Part 5, what reason does Creon give for making the ruling he did?

4. What instrument was used to throw earth on Polynices's body in Part 4?

5. What does the Chorus say the only thing left to do at the end of a tragedy is?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

The author chose to employ irony in the relationship between Haemon and Antigone. Antigone repeatedly expresses doubts that Haemon truly loves her, despite his insistence that he does. The ironic part of their relationship is in their deaths. Haemon gives his life for Antigone, in a manner, declaring his love for her by dying for her. However, Antigone is already dead and cannot gain any peace from his sacrifice. What purpose, if any, does his futile death serve for the reader? Why?

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