Antigone by Sophocles: Scene 5, Paean PRACTICE&QUIZ Flashcard Example #68876

What is Creon’s attitude toward Teiresias?

joyful

patronizing

optimistic

remorseful

patronizing
Read the excerpt below from the play Antigone by Sophocles and complete the instruction that follows.

CHORUS:
You honor Thebes, our city,
above all others, you and your mother
blasted by that lightning strike.
And now when all our people here
are captive to a foul disease,
on your healing feet you come
across the moaning strait
or over the Parnassian hill.

This excerpt comes from the play’s paean. Explain the purpose of the paean and what it reveals about ancient Greek beliefs.

Responses may vary but should include some or all of the following information:

The purpose of the paean is to worship and honor the gods of ancient Greece. It reveals the ancient Greek belief that the gods favored the Theban citizens and were powerful enough to rescue them from harm.

Which character type is common across all genres?

static

archetypal

dynamic

stock

archetypal
Explain how Sophocles uses the character of Teiresias to affect the play.
Responses may vary but should include some or all of the following information:

Sophocles uses Teiresias to affect both the plot and audience as well as to reveal theme. The character provides the tragic prophecy that causes Creon to change his course of action. In addition, the character would have greatly affected the mood of the ancient audience because of the significance they would have instantly attached to the blind prophet. The prophecy highlights a major conflict of the play in which the struggle between human authority and divine authority is revealed. Teiresias’ character is used to remind Creon (and the audience) that the ultimate authority belongs to the gods.

Read the excerpt below from the play Antigone by Sophocles and answer the question that follows.

TEIRESIAS:
But that’s what you are doing, when you claim
my oracles are false

Based on the passage, what is Teiresias’ attitude toward Creon?

joyful

accusatory

optimistic

remorseful

accusatory
Explain the difference between an archetypal character and a stock character.
Responses may vary but should include some or all of the following information:

An archetypal character is instantly recognizable, regardless of the genre, culture, or time period in which the character appears. An archetype represents a specific character type recognized by key character traits. The stock character is also instantly recognizable but does not cross boundaries of genre, culture, or time. The stock character represents a specific character type recognized by key character traits but only within a specific genre of literature.

Which character type is common within a specific genre?

stock

static

dynamic

archetypal

stock
Explain how a playwright uses characters to affect the overall play and experience.
Responses may vary but should include some or all of the following information:

Playwrights create characters that will directly impact the plot of the play by creating and resolving conflict. The conflicts the characters are involved in reveal key themes in the play. In addition, characters are used to have a direct effect on the audience by causing them to feel a certain way about them and the subject matter.

Explain the difference between a dynamic character and a static character.
Responses may vary but should include some or all of the following information:

A dynamic character is complex, having several character traits that create a certain depth of character. The dynamic character may grow or change as the plot progresses. These changes are often the result of conflict and resolution. The static character does not have the depth of the dynamic character and only has a few character traits that are used to serve a specific purpose in the plot. The static character does not change as a result of plot events as the dynamic character does.

Which character type changes with the plot?

static

stock

archetypal

dynamic

dynamic
Which character is an archetype in Antigone by Sophocles?

Chorus

Teiresias

Ismene

Antigone

Antigone
Which statement explains how Teiresias’ character affects the audience?

The character has no effect on the audience.

The character causes the audience to feel peace and comfort.

The character provides the audience with comic relief.

The character causes the audience to feel anxiety and fear.

The character causes the audience to feel anxiety and fear.
Which statement explains how Teiresias’ character affects the plot?

The character has no effect on the plot.

The character causes Creon to rebel against the gods.

The character causes Creon to recognize his mistakes.

The character causes the gods to forgive Creon.

The character causes Creon to recognize his mistakes.
A(n) __________ character is a character with few traits and who is not impacted by plot events.

archetypal

stock

static

dynamic

static
A(n) __________ character is a universal character type that is common across different genres of literature.

dynamic

static

archetypal

stock

archetypal
Which event occurs at the climax of the play?

Haemon attempts to persuade Creon to free Antigone.

Creon changes his mind and decides to bury Polyneices and to free Antigone.

Antigone is lead away to the tomb.

Antigone is arrested.

Creon changes his mind and decides to bury Polyneices and to free Antigone.
What is the purpose of the paean?

to honor the gods

to entertain the audience

to create conflict

to provide exposition

to honor the gods
Read the excerpt below from the play Antigone by Sophocles and answer the question that follows.

CHORUS:
You honor Thebes, our city,
above all others, you and your mother
blasted by that lightning strike.
And now when all our people here
are captive to a foul disease,
on your healing feet you come
across the moaning strait
or over the Parnassian hill.

What does the passage reveal about the beliefs of the ancient Greeks?

They believed the gods were powerful enough to rescue them.

They believed the gods despised them.

They believed the gods inflicted disease on them.

They believed the gods lived in Thebes.

They believed the gods were powerful enough to rescue them.
A(n) __________ character is a character of dimension that changes with the plot.

dynamic

archetypal

static

stock

dynamic
Which statement reveals a change in Creon’s character?

you won’t change my mind to make yourself more rich.

The tribe of prophets—/all of them—are fond of money.

You’re a wise prophet,/but you love doing wrong.

Until one dies the best thing well may be/to follow our established laws.

Until one dies the best thing well may be/to follow our established laws.

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