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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. In Part 2, what does Antigone tell Ismene that she should not forgo?
(a) Her beauty sleep.
(b) Her chores.
(c) Her breakfast.
(d) Her prayers.

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

3. How is Haemon related to Antigone?
(a) They have no connection.
(b) He is her brother.
(c) He is her fiance.
(d) He is her sister's fiance.

4. In Part 3, as Nurse is wondering what is wrong with Antigone, who enters the room?
(a) Haemon.
(b) Ismene.
(c) Polynices.
(d) Creon.

5. When the characters are introduced in Part 1, their basic characteristics are given. What else is revealed about these characters?
(a) Their date of birth.
(b) Their pets' names.
(c) Their eventual fates.
(d) Their current state of health.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Part 3, Antigone tells Ismene that it is too ___________.

2. In Part 2, what does Antigone say that she is not?

3. What was Creon's former occupation?

4. What did Antigone fling at Ismene when they were children?

5. What is Creon's wife doing when she is introduced?

Short Essay Questions

1. Ismene uses several arguments in an effort to convince Antigone that her plan to bury Polynices is foolhardy. Choose one of those arguments and describe why the argument might work or why it might not.

2. What is represented by Antigone and Haemon's burial?

3. Antigone, the princess, has been reduced to the level of a beggar, filthy and ragged. In Part 4, the guards discuss Antigone and her value to Creon with Antigone well within earshot. Describe the guards' discussion and Antigone's.

4. Do you think Antigone's single-minded efforts to bury her brother are more about her attempts to get attention or gaining respect for her brother?

5. What methods does Creon use to try to convince Antigone that she is on the wrong path in Part 5?

6. What is ironic about Ismene's plea to Antigone to give up her plan to bury Polynices?

7. In Part 7, what is the symbolism of the guards coming in and sitting down to play cards?

8. How is Antigone to be put to death, and how does she feel about it?

9. In Part 5, Creon accuses Antigone of being just like her father, playing out destiny's designs and being melodramatic about everything. What does he suggest Antigone do instead?

10. The tragedy of lost lives for the sake of a political statement is one that permeates even into modern times. What message do you think Anouilh was trying to convey through his play, "Antigone"?

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