Antigone Prologue and Scene I

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This set includes multiple choice questions related to the Greek drama Antigone. It is designed to be a review to make sure that students have an understanding of the foundation of the drama before moving on to Scene II.

Whom does Creon refuse to bury?
A) Ismene
B) Eteocles
3) Eurydice
4) Polyneices

d) Polyneices

Re-read the following comments from the sentry in Scene I. What do the comments help you infer about Creon?
"I did not do it. I did not see who did it. You must not punish me for what someone else has done."
A) He respects honesty
B) He acts without fairness
C) He is easily fooled by others
D) He feels sympathy for commoners

B) He acts without fairness

Whose laws does Antigone say she follows?
A) the gods'
B) Oedipus'
C) her own
D) Creon's

A) the gods'

Haemon argues that Creon should free Antigone because...
A) others believe that Antigone is innocent
B) Haemon fought Antigone's brother
C) Ismene cannot live without Antigone
D) Antigone is Oedipus' daughter

A) others believe that Antigone is innocent

What angers Antigone at the beginning of the play?
A) The elders refuse to honor Eteocles
B) Creon refuses to hear her complaints
C) Polynieces attacks Thebes and kills Eteocles
D) Ismene refuses to help bury Polyneices

D) Ismene refuses to help bury Polyneices

Re-read the following comment from Creon to the chorus in Scene I of this drama. What can you infer about Creon's motivation for making this statement?
"I am aware, of course, that no ruler can expect complete loyalty from his subjects until he has been tested in office."
A) He is worried that no one trusts him.
B) He has no clear concept of government.
C) He wants Antigone to test his governing skills.
D) He must reassure the chorus about Eteocles.

A) He is worried that no one trusts him.

How has Creon become the king of Thebes?
A) He took over the throne from Oedipus
B) He was next in line after Polyneices and Eteocles died
C) Polyneices gave up his right to the throne
D) Eteocles was killed

B) He was next in line after Polyneices and Eteocles died.

What is the punishment Creon has planned for the person who defies his law?
A) death by drowning
B) death by guillotine
C) death by burning at the stake
D) death by stoning

D) death by stoning

What is the setting of the Parodos?
A) the gates of Thebes at dawn.
B) the palace of Thebes
C) the outskirts of the city
D) the tomb of Eteocles

A) the gates of Thebes at dawn

Who is the protagonist of the drama?
A) Ismene
B) Antigone
C) Polyneices
D) Creon

B) Antigone

Who is the antagonist of the drama?
A) Ismene
B) Antigone
C) Polyneices
D) Creon

D) Creon

Who is Antigone's foil character?
A) Ismene
B) Eteocles
C) Polyneices
D) Creon

A) Ismene

The conflict in the Prologue is between
A) Eteocles and Polyneices
B) Antigone and Ismene
C) Antigone and Creon
D) Creon and Haemon

B) Antigone and Ismene

What does the picture on p. 971 suggest about the relationship between Antigone and Ismene?
A) They share a close, loving , sisterly relationship
B) They do not get along at all
C) Ismene is afraid of Antigone
D) Antigone is abusive of her sister

A) They share a close, loving, sisterly relationship

In the Parodos (lines 3-4), what is the "unlidded eye of golden day?"
A) the moon
B) the main gate of Thebes at dawn
C) the eye of Zeus
D) the sun

D) the sun

When Creon is referred to as "He the wild eagle screaming insults above our land," with the shields as his wings and the helmets as his crest, this is an example of -
A) simile
B) extended metaphor
C) irony
D) metaphor

B) extended metaphor

What is the effect of describing Polyneices as a "wild eagle screaming insults above our land?"
A) it is a sensory detail that evokes the image of the frightful power and wildness of a battle cry.
B) it is an example of figurative language designed to compare Polyneices to a fierce bird.
C) it is an example of irony because Polyneices lost the battle after all
D) A and C only
E) A and B only

A and B only

Antigone's primary loyalty is to:
A) the state
B) her family
C) the gods
D) Polyneices

C) the gods

What can you infer about the Choragus's view on Creon's law by the following statement: "If that is your will, Creon, you have the right to enforce it: we are yours."
A) the Choragus agrees with his law
B) the Choragus is bound to support Creon
C) Creon's law will be fine with the gods
D) The Choragus is afraid of Creon

B) The Choragus is bound to support Creon

Creon's comparison of his government to a ship is an example of:
A) irony
B) hyperbole
C) extended metaphor
D) simile

C) extended metaphor

In lines 139-140, Creon wants the Sentry to "bring him the man" who dared to defy the law. This is an example of:
A) dramatic irony
B) metaphor
C) hyperbole
D) inverted grammar

A) dramatic irony

The first stanza of the Ode at the end of Scene I is about:
A) how man is feeble
B) the wonder of man
C) the inexhaustibility of the earth
D) the timeless labor of stallions

B) the wonder of man

The second stanza of the Ode at the end of Scene I is about:
A) light-boned fish and birds
B) how man cannot control the animals
C) how man is able to tame the animals
D) the sultry shoulders of the mountain bull

C) how man is able to tame the animals

The third stanza in Ode I is about:
A) the spears of winter rain
B) how man dominates government and thought
C) how man makes shelter for himself
D) both B and C

D) both B and C

The final stanza of Ode 1 is about:
A) the benefits of keeping law and order
B) how good it is to break the law
C) the benefits of anarchy
D) the proud city of Thebes

A) the benefits of keeping law and order

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