Antigone: Test QnA

Antigone: Test QnA

Where does the play open
The royal house of Thebes
Who has just been driven out of the city
The invading army from the Argos
Who is king
Creon
What are the names of the two brothers who have killed each other in battle
Eteocles and polynices
What does Antigone lament in the first scene
Their lives are pain. There is no private shame or public disgrace that she hasn’t seen
What is Creon’s decree
Eteocles is to be buried with military honours, polynices will not be buried, anyone who disobeys this will be stoned to death
What does Antigone ask her sister ismene
To show if she’s worth her breeding or if she’s a coward – if she will help bury their brother
What tragedies does ismene tell Antigone to think about
How their father died hated and his reputation in ruins, how he gouged his own eyes out, how their mother killed herself and their brother shed their own blood
What does ismene say will happen to them if they break the law
They will die the worst death of all
Why does ismene refuse to bury polynices
They’re women who were not born to contend with men especially as they’re underlings who are ruled by stronger hands
What does Antigone feel dying in the act of burying her brother will bring
Glory
What does Antigone feel she is honouring in going against Creon’s decree
The laws of the gods
What does ismene call Antigone
Irrational
What animal is polynices compared to
An eagle who was causing havoc thirsting for the kill but now he’s gone
What animal is Thebes referred to as
A dragon no one can master
Which God drove the Argos away
Zeus
Who was thebes’ right arm in the crisis
Ares
What do the chorus ask of Dionysus in the parados
Let us win oblivion from war – lead the way
What does Creon address his people as in his opening speech
Countrymen
Why has Creon called these men here in the first episode
Because of their loyalty to the throne and King Laius
Why is Creon now King
The brothers are dead so he is next of kin
When does Creon say you truly know a man
When he has shown his colours ruling the people making laws then you know his principles sense of judgment and character
What type of person does Creon say is ‘nothing’
Someone who places a friend over the good of the state
Who could Creon never become friends with
A man who menaces their country
What does Creon say their country offers them
Safety
Why is Eteocles to be buried with heroes honours
He died fighting for Thebes
Why is Polynices to be unburied
He was exiled and returned to take back the thrown from his brother
What does Creon say about the patriot and the traitor
Never will the traitor be honoured above the patriot
What does the leader say about death
Only a fool could be in love with death
What news does the sentry bring
Someone has buried the body, sprinkled some dust on the flesh, given it proper rites and ran off
What does the sentry say about who buried polynices (the first time)
He doesn’t know as there were no traces left
What does the light cover of dust on the body suggest
Someone meant to lay the dead to rest and keep it from getting cursed
What were the sentries prepared to do to swear ignorance and innocence
Swear oaths
Why has this sentry in particular brought the news
The lot fell to him
Who does the leader think the burial of polynices might be the work of
The gods
How does Creon think the sentry is involved with the burial
He thinks people has convinced him to allow them to bury the body by bribing him with money
What does Creon say money does
It is corrupt, demolishes cities, roots men from their homes and twists good minds
What does Creon say will happen to the sentry if he doesn’t find the guilty person
He will be strung up alive
What does the sentry say he will never do when he leaves
Return to Thebes
What is man skilled at
Snares birds and savage beasts, catches life that swarms the depths
What does man conquer
All, taming prey, training stallions
What has man taught himself
Speech, thought and the law that rules the city
What is the one thing men have no rescue from
Death
When does a mans city rise high
The laws of the lands and justice of the gods
Who does the sentry bring back as the culprit
Antigone
What had the sentries done to the body
Brushed the corpse clean
Give details on the second burial
A sudden whirlwind arouse and when it passed they saw Antigone, she scooped up dry dust and crowned the dead with 3 full libations
What does Antigone cry like when she sees her brother unburied again
Like a bird come back to an empty nest
What did the sentries close in on Antigone like
Hunters
Does Antigone deny the charge
No she doesn’t deny a thing
Does Antigone admit to being aware of the decree
Yes she was aware
Why does Antigone say she broke the law
It wasn’t Zeus who made the decree nor did he ordain such laws for man. She doesn’t believe a mortal can override the gods. She wasn’t going to break the laws of gods for the fear of man. To die is of little pain but allowing her brother to rot would’ve been afony
Who does the leader say Antigone is like
Her father
What does Creon say about the stiffest stubborn wills and the toughest iron and spirited horses
They fall the hardest, will crack the first in hot fire, you can break by a light bit
if Creon lets Antigone go what does he say he is not?
A man, she is the man
What does Creon say Antigone and ismene will never escape
The most barbaric death
What does Creon hate about a traitor
One that is caught red handed and tries to glorify their crimes
When does Antigone say the citizens would agree with her
If their lips weren’t locked in fear
What does Antigone call Creon
A tyrant
What does Creon believe about death rites
The patriot and traitor cannot have the same death rites
What can Creon not understand about antigones decision to bury polynices
Why she would want to honour polynices when he died ravaging their country and Eteocles fought for their behalf
What does Antigone believe about death rites
Death longs the same rites for all
What does Creon say he has bred in his house
Twin disasters
What does Creon ask Ismene
If she is guilty of taking part in the crime
What does Ismene respond when asked if she helped with the crime
She says she did it and she shares the guilt
What does Antigone say when Ismene admits guilt
She was unwilling and she never brought her into the plan
What does Ismene ask Antigone to let her do (regarding death)
Let her die beside her
What does Antigone say to Ismene request to die with her
Her death is enough, she should save herself, she chooses to live while Antigone choose to die
How does Ismene try to convince Creon not to kill Antigone
She asks him if he would kill his own sons bride, if he is going to rob his son of Antigone
How does Creon respond to Ismenes attempt to save Antigone
There are other women for him to marry he will not give his son to a worthless woman
What does Creon decide for Antigone and Ismene
They will die
What does Creon say Ismene and Antigone are to act like from now on
Women – tie them up no more running loose
Those who live their lives without devastation are
Blessed
Once the gods have rocked a house to its foundation what happens
The ruin never ceases
From generation to generation ruin moves like what
Like a great mountain tide
What does Creon ask Haemon as he arrives at the scene
If he comes raging against his father or if he loves him no matter what he does
Who does Haemon say he obeys? What could never mean more to him than Creon?
His father, no marriage
What does Creon say that a man prays for (to Haemon)
To produce good sons so they can pay his enemies back and match the respect their father shows his friend
What does Creon say Haemon must subordinate to?
His fathers every will
What does a man who reads a brood of useless children bring himself
Trouble and mockery from his enemies
What does Creon warn Haemon never to do (regarding women)
Never lose his sense of judgement over a woman they’re a misery in their bed
Where does Creon say Antigone can find a husband
Among the dead
A man who rules his household well can do what
Rule the state, he can give commands and take them
Who will win no praise according to Creon
Whoever steps out of line, violates the law or hands out orders to his superiors
The man in authority’s orders must be obeyed in what circumstances according to Creon
Whether it is large or small, right or wrong
What does Creon say is the greatest crime
Anarchy
Who can men never let triumph over them according to Creon
Triumph over them
If men fall who must it be at the hands of
A man
What can a man never be rated as in comparison to a woman
Inferior
Who endows man with reason
The gods
What has Haemon overheard people in the street saying
They’re mourning for Antigone, no girl has ever deserved a death less she deserves a glowing crown of gold
What advice does Haemon give Creon
Not to be single minded self involved or assume the world is wrong and he is right
A person that thinks he alone possesses intelligence and the gift of eloquence will be what according to Haemon
Found empty
What comparison does Haemon make between trees and sailing
Trees in a torrent sway with the flood but the stubborn are ripped out roots and all – it’s the same when men are sailing if you haul your sheets too tight you’ll capsize
What does Creon say about men his age
Are they to be lectured by a boy of Haemon’s age
Who does the city belong to according to Creon?
The Kings
Who cannot tell the King how to rule?
Thebes
Whos side does Creon believe Haemon is on
Antigones
What does Creon call Haemon for defending Antigone
A woman’s accomplice , a woman’s slave
Where does Creon suggest Antigone be killed after his conversation with Haemon
To bring her out and have her killed in front of Haemon
What does Haemon say antigones death will result in
The death of another
What does Haemon say to Creon has he leaves the scene
That he will never see him again
What fate does Creon eventually decide for Ismene
He decides to free her
What punishment does Creon finally settle on for Antigone
Trap her alive in a rocky vault, set out short rations to keep the city free of defilement.
What does Creon say Antigone may learn about death too late
That it is a waste of breath to worship death
Which God does Creon say Antigone worships that might reprieve her from death
Death
What do the chorus say is never conquered in battle
Love – it is a plunderer it stands the night watch
Who cannot flee love
No one not even the gods
What happens to people who feels loves grip
They’re driven mad
Which goddess is never conquered
Aphrodite
As the chorus see Antigone make her way to the bridal vault where all are laid to rest what do they say they would do
Rebel against the King
What does Antigone say she has been denied
Wedding songs
Who does Antigone say she goes to wed
The Lord of the dark waters
What is Antigone the first moral ever to do
Go to the halls of death alive and breathing
Who is Niobe what is her story
She is a god, she is trapped in stone walls, the rain never ceases the snows never leave her
What do the chorus say Antigone went too far in
Her daring
What do the chorus say has destroyed Antigone
Her own blind will and passion
What do the chorus wonder if Antigone is paying for
Her fathers terrible ordeal
What does Antigone think murders her marriage
Her mother and fathers marriage
What does Antigone lament in her final moments
The doom that has struck down the house of Laius. She goes to her family unwed and cursed. There are no friends to weep for her no loved ones mourn her death. She is denied all joy of marriage and raising children.
Who does Antigone say her arrival in the underworld might be dear to
Her family
Creon’s final orders on Antigone – instructions for death
Walk her up in the tomb let her choose death or a buried life
Dead or alive what will Antigone be stripped of according to Creon
Her rights
Why would Antigone not have commit this crime for a husband or a child
She could find another husband or have another child but with her father and mother dead she could never have another brother
What are antigones final words
She now sees what she will suffer all at the hands of men all for her reverence to the gods
Who was Danae what was her story
A God who had the children of Zeus, she was buried within her bridal chamber
What is Lycurgus’ story
He was encased in a rock by Dionysus for mocking and taunting the gods and enraging the muses
What is the story of cleopatra
Doomed to chains and walled up in a tomb of stone
What does Tiresias say Creon is poised on
The razor edge of fate
What has Tiresias heard in the wing beats of birds
A voice, an unintelligible barbaric mad scream
What happened when Tiresias ignited the altar
There was no fire
What did Tiresias see over the embers
There slid a heavy ooze from the offerings the bladder puffed and burst spraying gall into the air the fat slithered off the bones
What plague has Creon set on Thebes
The gods spurn offerings and are deaf to their prayers, no birds cry out a clear omen, they’re gorged with the murdered victims fat and blood
What does Tiresias say all men do
Make mistakes
What is stubbornness and pride according to Tiresias
Stupid, a crime
What does Creon respond to Tiresias advice
He will never bury the body even if Zeus eagles rip the corpse. He will not tolerate the burial of a traitor.
What does Creon say Tiresias’ prophecies are
Lies
What does Creon think seers are after
Money
What does Tiresias think tyrants lust for
Filthy gain
What does Tiresias say Creon will pay the price with
Someone of his own flesh and blood, a corpse for a corpse in return
How does Tiresias say Creon has robbed the gods
By keeping a dead body unburied
Who has no business with the dead according to Tiresias
Creon and the gods above
Who will strike Creon down according to Tiresias
The furies
Who will rise against Creon
All those whose mutilated sons have been graced with burial by dogs
What does the leader tell Creon to do after Tiresias’ visit
Free Antigone from the vault and raise a mound for Polynices
Who does Creon say will set Antigone free
Himself
Who is the God of a hundred names
Dionysus
Where have the chorus seen Dionysus
Through the glaring smoky fires and at castalias running Spring
Who does Dionysus honour first
Thebes
What God do the chorus call the giver of all good things
Dionysus
What does fortune do every day
Lifts and fells the lucky and unlucky
What can no prophet on earth do
Tell a man his fate
What comparison is made between Creon and a tree
He flourished like a tree with the noble line of sons he bred and now it’s lost
When is a man as good as dead
When he’s lost his true joys
What news does the messenger bring
Haemon is dead
Why does Eurydice have to be told about the death of her son twice
She heard the news fainted forgot the news and asks to be told again
Details on the official burial of polynices
They said a prayer to Hecate and Pluto, washed the body in a bath of holy water, plucked some fresh branches, gathered what was left of him and burned it and raised a mound
Details on antigones death
They heard Haemon wail, found Antigone hanging by her neck in a fine linen noose, Haemon had his arms fling around her waist
Details on Haemon’s death
He sees Creon and spits in his face draws out his sword and runs as Creon but misses, he leans his weight on the blade and buried it in his body, he embraced Antigone and there his body lies
What is Creon carrying as he comes towards the messenger and the leader (after the death of H and A)
Haemon’s head
What does Creon call himself (after the double death)
His sons killer
What news does the messenger bring after Haemon’s dearh
The queen is dead
How did Eurydice die
She stabbed herself at the altar, her eyes went dark she raised a cry for Megareus and Haemon and called down torments on Creon
What does Creon say after finding out his wife is dead
The guilt is his, he doesn’t exist he is no one
What does Creon pray for after the death of his family
Death
What does the leader say about Creon’s wish for death
It will come when it comes, they must deal with what lies before them for mortal men There is no escape from the doom they must endure
What are Creon’s final words
He asks to be taken away he says he murdered his son and wife
What do the chorus say about wisdom
It is the greatest part of joy
Reverence towards the gods must be what according to the chorus
Safeguarded
what do the mighty blows of fate teach according to the chorus
Wisdom
What do the proud pay with according to the chorus
Fate