Antigone by Sophocles: The Prologue

Read the excerpt below from the play Antigone by Sophocles and answer the question that follows.ANTIGONE:Eteocles, they say, has had his burialaccording to our customary rites,to win him honor with the dead below.Why does Creon decide to bury Eteocles according to custom?Eteocles was wealthy.Eteocles was loyal to Thebes.Eteocles was Creon’s son.Eteocles led the rebel army. Eteocles was loyal to Thebes.
What is the goal of the protagonist? to bury Polyneices
Read the excerpt below from the play Antigone by Sophocles and answer the question that follows.ISMENE:I’m not disrespecting them. But I can’t actagainst the state. That’s not in my nature.According to this passage, what does Ismene value? human authority
Which character values family over law? Antigone
What is the penalty for defying Creon’s decree? death
Why does the playwright include the family’s tragic past? to foreshadow tragedy
Read the excerpt below from the play Antigone by Sophocles and answer the question that follows.Now, dear Ismene, my own blood sister,do you have any sense of all the troublesZeus keeps bringing on the two of us,as long as we’re alive?Which character speaks these lines? Antigone
Which two characters value the authority of the state? Eteocles and Ismene
Read the excerpt below from the play Antigone by Sophocles and answer the question that follows.ANTIGONE:Yes. I’ll do my duty to my brother—and yours as well, if you’re not prepared to. I won’t be caught betraying him.Which theme do these lines reveal? familial loyalty
Read the stage directions below and answer the question that follows.Exit ANTIGONE away from the palace. ISMENE watches her go and then returns slowly into the palaceWhat do the stage directions reveal about the differences between the two characters? Unlike her sister, Antigone is not loyal to the government

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