CLAT 2010


Read the following passage carefully and answer question numbers 10 to 19

Antigone was one of the daughters of Oedipus, that tragic figure of male power who had been cursed by Gods for mistakenly killing his father and subsequently marrying his mother
and assuming the throne of Thebes. After the death of Oedipus civil war broke out and a battle was waged in front of the seventh gate of Thebes-his two sons led opposing factions
and at the height of the battle fought and killed each other. Oedipus' brother, Creon, uncle of Antigone, was now undisputed master of the city. Creon resolved to make an example of the
brother who had fought against him, Polynices, by refusing the right of honourable burial.

The penalty of death was promulgated against any who should defy this order.. Antigone was distraught. Polynices had been left unburied, unwept, a feast of flesh for keen
eyed carrion birds. Antigone asks her sister Ismene, for it was a challenge to her royal blood. "Now it is time to show whether or not you are worthy of your royal blood. Is he not
my brother and yours? Whether you like it or not? I shall never desert him-never!" But Ismene responds, "How could you dare - when Creon has expressly forbidden it? Antigone, we are women, it is not for us to fight against men" With a touch of bitterness, Antigone releases her sister from the obligation to help her, but argues she cannot shrug off the burden. "If I die for it what happiness! Live, if you will live, and defy the holiest of laws of heaven."

Question 11

Why did Antigone decide to defy the orders of Creon?

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Question 12

What, in your opinion, would have been the logical end of the story?

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Question 13

What was the status of women in the contemporary society? They

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Question 14

Why did a civil war break out in Thebes? The war broke out because

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Question 15

A carrion bird is a bird

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Question 16

Why did Creon deny decent burial to Polynices? He did so because

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Question 17

Why did Ismene not support Antigone? Ismene

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Question 18

Why did the Gods curse Oedipus? Because Oedipus

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Question 19

Does the story approve the principle of vicarious liability? If so how?

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Select the meaning of the italicized idioms and phrases in sentences in questions 20 to 25

Question 20

I have hit upon a good plan to get rid of him.

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