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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 say that she wanted Haemon to do when she visited him the previous evening?
(a) Swear his undying love.
(b) Give her a ring.
(c) Make love to her.
(d) Take her to dinner.

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

3. How is Antigone described in Part 1?
(a) An angel.
(b) A dark, thin girl.
(c) An uncommonly beautiful creature.
(d) A bright, blond woman.

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

5. What happens to Polynices's body in Part 1?
(a) It is never found.
(b) He is left unburied for the vultures, vermin and insects to feed on.
(c) He is given an elaborate funeral.
(d) t is hung on a tree to warn all who come to challenge the king.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Part 3, for what does Antigone apologize to Haemon?

3. What does Antigone do when she is confronted in Part 2?

4. What does Antigone ask Haemon after her apology in Part 3?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the convoluted path to the throne from Oedipus to Creon. Detail the characters and the way they became king.

2. 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?

3. What might Creon's failed attempts to cover up Antigone's betrayal represent to the author?

4. 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?

5. 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.

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

7. What is the role of the Messenger, and why is he sitting away from the rest of the group?

8. How do Haemon and Antigone view Creon's life?

9. Antigone's unfinished letter is a symbol of what?

10. In Part 2, what is ironic about the conversation between the Nurse and Antigone?

(see the answer keys)

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