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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Part 4, the Chorus says there are four aspects of a tragedy. What is one of those aspects?
2. What does Creon tell the Chorus about Antigone in Part 6?
3. In Part 4, the Chorus says there are four aspects of a tragedy. What is one of those aspects?
4. In Part 5, how does Antigone ask Creon to kill her?
5. In Part 6, the Chorus tells Creon that Haemon has been what?
Essay Topic 1
Typical of the Greek tragedies such as the one upon which this play is based, fate is a pervasive theme in "Antigone." Describe circumstances in the play where a character seems to surrender to fate. Do you believe this character feels he/she has any control over his/her ultimate destiny? Why or why not? Does the character seem to feel inexorably drawn toward his/her fate, or does he/she seem to fight and exert his/her will? Why?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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