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"Antigone" Test

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I. Vocabulary: Match the vocabulary words to their definitions.

A. auspicious B. compulsive C. defile D. dirge E. edict F. lamentation G. lithe H. perverse I. sated J. transgress

  • satisfied fully
  • promising success; favorable
  • limber; physically flexible
  • an order put out by a person in authority
  • having the ability to compel or force
  • willfully determined to go against what is expected or desired
  • an expression of grief
  • a slow, mournful piece of music; a funeral hymn
  • to violate or break a law, a command, or a moral code
  • to make foul, dirty, unclean, or impure

II. Character Match: Match the character with his or her words in the play.

A. Antigone B. Creon C. Ismene D. Haemon E. Eurydice F. Teiresias G. Choragos H. a Sentry

  • “I will carry her far away, Out there in the wilderness, and lock her living in a vault of stone.”
  • “Then she must die. But her death will cause another.”
  • “The time is not far off when you shall pay back corpse for corpse, flesh of your own flesh.”
  • “Go quickly: free Antigone from her vault and build a tomb for the body of Polyneices.”
  • “Whatever it is, I can bear it: Grief and I are no strangers.”
  • “And yet, as men’s hearts know, I have done no wrong; I have not sinned before God.”
  • “Polyneices, I say, is to have no burial: no man is to touch him or say the least prayer for him.”
  • “The body, just mounded over with light dust: you see? Not buried, really, but as if they’d covered it just enough for the ghost’s peace.”
  • “But I know now what you meant; and I am here to join you, to take my share of punishment.”
  • “It is my nature to join in love, not hate.”
  • “I want to die with you: I too have a duty that I must discharge to the dead.”
  • “I beg you, do not be unchangeable: Do not believe that you alone can be right.”
  • “We are only women; we cannot fight with men!
  • “It is the dead, not the living, who make the longest demands: We die forever . . . .”
  • “I should have praise and honor for what I have done.”

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Contains a vocabulary match and a section of character/passage identification; key included.

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