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. In Part 6, what does Creon say about his quarrel with Antigone over Polynices's body?

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

3. Antigone asks how she will be executed. What is the answer?

4. What does Creon say will happen if Antigone succeeds in burying Polynices?

5. In Part 6, after Haemon begs Creon to be courageous, how does Creon respond?

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

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 3

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?

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