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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 does Antigone say wards off evil in Part 2?
(a) The Nurse's hands.
(b) Her lucky charm.
(c) Her mother's cross.
(d) Her sister's love.

2. In Part 2, Ismene says that Antigone behaves too __________.
(a) Carefully.
(b) Rationally.
(c) Impulsively.
(d) Hastily.

3. What is the final, tragic result of the agreement between Eteocles and Polynices in Part 1?
(a) Their father has them executed.
(b) They are both asassinated.
(c) They kill each other.
(d) A plague sweeps through the city, and they both die.

4. In Part 3, after Antigone explains everything to Haemon, what does she tell him is the only thing he can do to show her that he loves her?
(a) Leave.
(b) Give her the money she needs.
(c) Commit suicide.
(d) Marry her right away.

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 current state of health.
(d) Their eventual fates.

Short Answer Questions

1. Polynices is Ismene's ______________.

2. What happens to Eteocles's body in Part 1?

3. What did Antigone do to try to find out if Haemon really wanted her in Part 3?

4. In Part 2, Antigone tells the Nurse that she is too _____________ for what she must do.

5. What does Part 1 say about the play's setting?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Antigone react to what the Nurse says about Antigone's mother in Part 2?

2. What is the purpose of Antigone's letter to Haemon in Part 6?

3. What does Antigone ask the Nurse to do with her dog? Why is Antigone asking this of the Nurse?

4. Antigone extracts a promise from Haemon: he will turn and walk away, no questions asked, when Antigone finishes telling him what she needs to tell him. What do you think Antigone was trying to accomplish by asking Haemon to make this promise?

5. The Chorus is a parallel representation of the Chorus which was often used in Greek tragedy. Do you see any other representations characteristic of Greek tragedy within Part 1?

6. How does Creon react to Haemon's plea for Antigone's life in Part 6?

7. What is the purpose of the Chorus in Part 1?

8. Many of Antigone's actions can be defined as either selfish or unselfish. Some may blur the lines. In Part 3, do you think Antigone's treatment of Haemon is selfish or unselfish, or can an argument be made for a bit of both?

9. 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"?

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

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