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

2. In Part 4, the Chorus says there are four aspects of a tragedy. What is one of those aspects?

3. In Part 6, Creon tells Haemon that sooner or later, every man must accept what?

4. In Part 5, Creon tells Antigone that she should go home and do what?

5. What does Jonas say in response to Creon's accusations in Part 4?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Symbolism is usually a vital part of plot development and is a commonly used literary device. True to form, symbolism is an important part of "Antigone." Describe what the following items represent and why:

A. The shovel Antigone uses to bury Polynices body.

B. Antigone's dog.

C. Antigone's letter.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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