Antigone – Quiz Flashcard

Antigone – Quiz Flashcard

What has happened to Oedipus?
The oracle’s prediction came true. He killed his father, and married his mother. He gauged his eyes out, and his sons locked him away barely giving him food, so he ended up dying.
Who are Ismene, Antigone, Eteocles, and Polynices
They are the daughters and sons of Oedipus and Jocasta. Nieces and nephews of Creon.
What does Creon say is to be done with the bodies of Eteocles and Polynices?
Eteocles was to be given a proper burial
Polynices was to be left unburied and to be eaten by birds and animals.
What will Creon do if anyone disobeys his order?
They will be stoned to death.
How do Antigone and Ismene differ in their view about obeying Creon’s orders?
Antigone would rather follow god’s law than man’s law and bring justice to her brother. Ismene is a coward and would rather follow mans law as to not be killed.
Why does Antigone feel so strongly about burying Polynices?
That is the last brother, and she feels the laws of heaven demand that she bury him.
Does Antigone fear being punished for burying her brother?
No she does not, she actually welcomes it She is doing what she thinks is best.
List the past events about which the chorus speaks in lines 88-125.
a. Invading army in retreating
b. Polynices is leading the invaders
c. Polynices and 6 chiefs each attacked 1 or the 7 gates of Thebes
d. The people of Thebes are celebrating their victory
e. Creon is coming to speak
In lines 140-142, what does Creon say will be the test of his mind and spirit as a king?
He proved his authority as a king.
What reasons does Creon give for denying Polynices burial rites?
He claims that Polynices came and attacked Thebes.
What news does the sentry bring Creon?
Polynices was buried.
What does the sentry say when Creon asks who tried the corpse?
The Sentry says that he believes it was a religious passerby who did not know your ruling against it, he doesn’t know.
How does the sentry explain the capture of Antigone?
They unburied Polynices and got on top of to hill to watch a dust storm came and heard a scream and saw Antigone was on top of the hill
Why does Antigone make offerings to the gods when burying Polynices?
One of the steps for proper burial.
What explanation for her actions does Antigone give to Creon?
She followed the laws of the gods which is stronger then all mans law.
How does Creon respond to Antigone’ s explanation?
She was stubborn and will be punished.
Why does Creon think Ismene helped bury Polynices?
She was acting strange and nervous.
Why does Antigone ask Creon not to lay killing her?
She had done an honorable deed and she was ready to die.
Why does Creon say that Antigone cannot honor both of her brothers?
Polynices was attacking the city so he was a trader and Eteocles was defending the city.
How does Antigone explain that she can honor both of her brothers?
She says it her job and she loved her brothers.
What does Ismene say when Creon asks if she helped with the burial?
She helped Antigone.
Why won’t Antigone allow Ismene to share the blame?
She would not help with the deed.
Why does Ismene say that Creon cannot kill Antigone?
Hayman id going to marry Antigone.
How does the chorus explain the sad events that happen to Oedipus and his family?
The curse is now passed on to his family.
How does Creon say a son should behave?
Loyal, obey, and kill father’s enemy’s.
Why does Creon believe that a king’s subjects should always obey him?
If a king subjects do not obey him state families and armies are ruined and man lives are lost.
What does Haemon tell his father that some of the townspeople are saying?
What she did was right thing and it was also an honorable thing.
What does Haemon ask Creon to do?
To recall the law.
How does Creon react to Haemon’s suggestion?
Creon called Haemon a coward and said he was trying to save Antigone.
Why does Creon say he is responsible only to himself?
He is the king and he make the rules and everybody else should follow.
What does Haemon say to his father as he leaves?
The king will never see Haemon again.
What does Creon plan to do with Antigone?
Throw her in a cave in the desert with a little bit of food.
Why does Creon choose this punishment for Antigone?
Time to pray to the gods for forgiveness.
What bad things does the chorus say love can cause?
The power of love can drive one to sin and divide a family.
What emotion does the chorus reveal as the doors open and Antigone appears?
The chorus is sad and they cry.
Why does the chorus say that Antigone is paying for the sin of her father?
Oedipus married his mother, the family is cursed by the gods and paying for his guilt.
What does the chorus mean when it tells Antigone she is a victim of her own self-will?
She chose to be stubborn and disobeyed Creon which brought on her own death.
In lines 741-744, why is Antigone feeling sad?
She sad to die to never see daylight again or get married, and that nobody is weeping for her.
Whom does Antigone expect to meet after death?
Her mother, father, and brother(s).
What does Antigone say she hopes will happen to her enemies if they are proved wrong?
They will have a punishment that is equal to hers.
As Antigone goes to her death, how is her behavior different from when she buries her brother?
She has resigned to her fate, but she is subdued rather then being stubborn and defiant.
Why does Creon want the guards to hurry Antigone to her tomb?
He is nervous about his decision and wants to be done with her.
Why does the chorus tell three stories about others who have been imprisoned?
They compared these stories to what is happening to Antigone to show this is not out of the ordinary.
Why does Teiresias visit Creon?
To bring news and advice.
What does Creon say he will do with Teiresias’s advice?
He will acknowledge/listen it as he always has.
Why does Teiresias listen to the birds and tell of their bloody fight?
He read the sign of the bird to foretell the future.
Who does Teiresias blame for the blight or evil in the kingdom?
Creon.
What does Teiresias say Creon must do?
Bury Polynices.
How does Creon respond?
He refused at first.
What does Creon accuse Teiresias of in line 882?
All prophets seek their own knowledge.
Who does Teiresias say will die in payment for Creon’s debts?
His son Haemon.
What are the two debts to which Teiresias refers in lines 895-898?
Putting Antigone in the tomb and not burying Polynices.
What does Teiresias say will fill Creon’s house?
Sorrow and grief.
After Teiresias departs, what does the chorus say about his prophesies?
The prophecies were terrible but Teiresias has never been wrong before.
What two things does Creon consent to do?
Release Antigone from the rocky prison and bury Polynices.
According to the messenger, what did Creon do that made him an enviable man?
Saved his country from her enemies, became king and was the honored father of a royal house.
What does the messenger say Creon has lost from his life?
A life without joy of a son and subjects that respect him.
What has happened to Haemon?
He killed himself.
Who is to blame for what happened to Haemon?
Creon.
Who is Eurydice?
The queen who is Creon’s wife an Haemon’s mother.
What does Eurydice ask the messenger?
What is the shocking news?
What does the messenger say he and Creon did with Polynices’s body?
Gave him a proper burial.
As the messenger and Creon approach the cave in which Antigone is entombed, what do they hear?
Loud cries of anguish.
Who does Creon think is making the noise?
Haemon.
What has happened to Antigone?
She hung herself with a rope.
What is Haemon doing?
Holding Antigone while also grieving .
When Creon asks his son to leave the cave, what two things does Haemon do?
Spit in his face, and drew a sword to kill his dad.
After Creon runs off, what does Haemon do?
Drove the sword into his side.
Why do you think the messenger goes to look for Eurydice saying that her silence may be dangerous?
She might kill herself.
As Creon enters, what is he carrying?
Haemon’s body.
.In line 1068, what does Creon say his “stubborn will” has caused?
The death of his own son.
What further bad news does the messenger give Creon?
Creon’s wife Queen Eurydice has died.
Describe Eurydice’s death.
She call out to her dead sons, she curses Creon as their slayer then stabbed herself in the heart.
In lines 1110-1113, for what does Creon ask?
Take him away to die.
What is the law the chorus says is important?
To honor the gods
When do we learn that pride is bad?
When we are old