How are Antigone and Ismene related? They are sisters
Who are the two brothers mentioned in the prologue? Eteocles and Polyneices
How did the two brothers die? By each others swords
What is King Creon’s decree? If someone breaks the law they will be stoned
What does Antigone plan to do? Antigone plans to bury her brother Polyneices
What is Ismene’s decision regarding the King’s decree? Ismene’s decision is that she does not want to break the law but she said she would keep it a secret
What does the Choragos compare Polyneices to in the Parodos? The wild eagle screaming
What city has “seven gates in a yawning ring”? thebes
What does the Chorus compare Thebes to? a dragon
According to the Choragos, what does God hate? utterly
Who is the new King of Thebes? creon
How did the new King of Thebes claim heir to the throne? He claimed heir to the throne because he’s Jocasta’s brother
What crime has Polyneices committed in the opinion of the king? The crime polyneices committed in the king’s opinion was he was a trader
What news does the sentry bring to Creon? Centry’s news was that someone buried polyneices
How was it decided which of the sentries would bring the news about Polyneices to Creon? It was decided by them throwing the dice
How does Creon believe the act of burying Polyneices was carried out? By money
What does Creon demand that the sentry do? To bring the person to him
According to Ode 1, what is the most wonderful of all the world’s wonders? numberless
Of all the winds, man has made himself secure against all except one. Which wind is that? The wild horse
List man’s accomplishments according to Ode 1. They use sea to sail, learn how to farm, slaves, languages, made a shelter, the kings made laws
Who has the sentry captured and brought before King Creon? Antigone
How did the guards manage to capture Antigone? Taking the dirt back off of her brother
How did Antigone react to being captured by the sentries? She didn’t care that much
What reason does Antigone give for defying Creon’s decree? The reason was it wasn’t god’s proclamation
Who else does Creon have arrested in connection with the crime of burying Polyneices? creon arrested ismene
Why is Antigone angry with Ismene? She wanted to take the blame as well so she could be with her sister
Besides being Antigone uncle, how else were Creon and Antigone related? He’s the brother of her mother Jocasta
What is to be Antigone’s punishment for burying her brother? To be killed
According to Ode 2, who is the fortunate man? The fortunate man is who has never tasted god’s vengeance
Who is the god who must not be made angry, according to Ode 2? zues
What is Haemon’s initial response when his father asks how he feels about the king’s decision to execute Antigone? he feels bitterness
What does Creon say that men pray for? He says says that men pray that he may get sons attentive and dutiful in his house
Why is Creon intent on harshly punishing, even family members, all those who break the law? he wants the worlds obedience
What does Haemon claim is god’s crowning gift to man? reason
What does Haemon tell King Creon about the people of Thebes’ allegiance to him? They would deny it
Whose point, King Creon’s or Haemon’s, does the Choragos support? He takes both because he says you will do well to listen to him, King, and haemon should listen to his father
How does the city feel about Antigone’s crime? They think she should be innocent
While Creon is ranting at his son, what does the king threaten to do? He threatens to kill antigone in front of his son
Describe Creon’s death sentence for Antigone. Lock her in the vault of stone with food for three days
According to Ode 3, what is it that “even the pure Immortals cannot escape”? in his death before his glory
Whose fate does Antigone compare to her own? Niobe Tantalus’ wretched daughter.
What does Antigone beg the people of Thebes to bear witness to? her
Who does Antigone blame for her terrible misfortune? her father
According to the chorus, what is considered a virtue? reverence
What does Creon sarcastically say would have man singing forever? If dirges and planned lamentations could put off death
According to Ode 4, who was locked away in a brazen vault? danae beauty
Who came to the princess while she was locked away? zues
Who “bore the gods prisoning anger for his pride”? drya’s son
What is the “half remembered tale of horror” that old men tell? when a dark ledge splits the sea
Who, as a child, had “raced with young colts on the glittering hills/And walked untrammeled in open light”? ares
Who is the blind prophet who comes to speak to King Creon? Teiresias is the blind prophet who is an agent of the gods in their dealings with humans.
What does the prophet claim that he heard which frightened him? He heard a fighting that came along with screams, whirring fury, and dying in a whirlwind of wings clashing.
What happened when the prophet began “the rites of burnt-offering at the altar”? it was burning
What does the prophet claim to be the cause of the gods’ reaction to their offerings? The birds have no cry of comfort
What does the prophet claim can be done to repair the evil performed against the gods? correct bad choices
What is King Creon’s reaction to Teiresias’ message? He said no and the gods said take him bit by bit
What is it that Creon claims all prophets love? gold
What warning does Teiresias give to King Creon if he refuses to heed the prophesies? corpse for corpse and flesh for your own flesh
What advice does the Choragos give King Creon once Teiresias leaves? Go quickly and free antigone from her vault and build a tomb for the body of polyneices
How does King Creon react to the advice of the Choragos? He said “You would have me do this?” and then he says “It’s hard to deny the heart! But I will do it: I will not fight with destiny.”
The Choragos and the Chorus pray to a “God of many names”. What are some of these names? Iacchus son of Cadmean Semele, Prince of maenad Thebes, Iacchus of Thebes, semle, eleusis
Who does the messenger claim is “a walking dead man”? creon
How has Teiresias’ prophecy that Creon would pay to the gods “flesh of [his] own flesh” come true? That his wife and son will die if he doesn’t do the right thing
Who is Eurydice? the queen
What were Creon and the messenger doing when they prayed to Hecate and Pluto? They bathed the corpse with holy water, and brought Fresh-broken branches to burn what was left of it
What did King Creon and the messenger do as soon as they finished their tasks regarding Polyneices? went to go free antigone
Describe what Creon saw when he looked through the crevice into Antigone’s tomb. In the cavern’s farthest corner they saw her laying there.
Describe Haemon’s reaction when Creon entered Antigone’s tomb Haemon spat in his face and said not a word, staring, then drawing a sword at himself killing himself holding antigone close to him
What happened after the messenger relayed the news about Haemon and Antigone to Eurydice? She went into the altar of her house and killed herself
What does the Choragos claim is “always punished” by the gods? big words

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