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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Antigone fling at Ismene when they were children?
(a) Worms and mud.
(b) Cabbage.
(c) Stones.
(d) Rotten apples.

2. Who are Eteocles and Polynices?
(a) Sons of King Oedipus.
(b) All answers are correct.
(c) Men named as rulers of Thebes.
(d) Antigone's brothers.

3. Who confronts Antigone in the beginning of Part 2?
(a) Polynices.
(b) Nurse.
(c) Creon.
(d) Ismene.

4. How are Haemon and Creon related?
(a) Creaon is Haemon's instructor.
(b) Creon is Haemon's father.
(c) Creon is Haemon's brother.
(d) Creon is Haemon's uncle.

5. Ismene reminds Antigone that Polynices was more of a ___________ to them.
(a) Father.
(b) Good friend.
(c) None of the answers are true.
(d) Stranger.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the person who confronts Antigone do when expressing her frustration?

2. Who is the youth alone on the other side of the stage?

3. What does the person who confronts Antigone in Part 2 think Antigone was doing?

4. What was Creon's former occupation?

5. How is the Nurse described in Part 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. The relationship between Antigone and Haemon is complicated. Despite his vows of love, Antigone cannot bring herself to believe that Haemon would choose her over Ismene. In Part 3, what does Antigone do to test Haemon?

2. Who was responsible for Oedipus's death and why? What did Oedipus do before he died?

3. How do Ismene and Antigone each react to Creon's edict?

4. Outline the descriptions of the following characters: Antigone, Ismene, Creon, Haemon.

5. In Part 4, the Chorus highlights the stillness at the heart of tragedy. What is the significance of stillness in the play?

6. Who were the brothers who fought for the throne? How were they related to Antigone? Why might their demise be so important to the plot of the story?

7. Discuss Creon and Antigone's divergent thoughts on the importance of the rite of burial in Part 5.

8. What remains for Creon to do after the deaths of his wife, his son and his niece?

9. After learning that everyone is dead, Creon leaves to make a council meeting. What is ironic about this?

10. What is the function of the Guardsmen? Consider their dialogue, their interaction with the "major" players, the Chorus' comments on them, and so on.

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