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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. How is Antigone's sister described in Part 1?
(a) A quiet, shy girl.
(b) A dark, thin girl.
(c) A happy, laughing girl.
(d) A voluptuous, ambitious girl.

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

3. What does Antigone tell Nurse to do if her dog keeps waiting by the door?
(a) To give the dog away.
(b) To put the dog down.
(c) To ignore the dog.
(d) To take the dog home with her.

4. Who is playing cards in Part 1?
(a) The King.
(b) The Messenger.
(c) Antigone.
(d) Three soldiers.

5. After Haemon exits in Part 3, who comes in to talk to Antigone?
(a) Polynices.
(b) Her mother's ghost.
(c) Ismene.
(d) Nurse.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. In Part 3, as Nurse is wondering what is wrong with Antigone, who enters the room?

3. How is the Nurse described in Part 1?

4. What is Antigone's nickname for the Nurse?

5. In Part 3, Ismene urges Antigone not to what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Elaborate on the purpose of the play's vague setting.

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

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. 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.

5. In examining Antigone, one is drawn to the conclusion that Anouilh is influenced greatly by the genre of Greek tragedy. There are several key differences, however. One of those differences is the role of the gods in the lives of common men and women. In what manner does Anouilh firmly plant his storyline in the modern day by supplanting man's influence for the influence the gods?

6. Once again, Antigone has a chance to escape death in Part 5, yet she seems to fight for the right to die rather than fight for the right to live. How does Antigone once again put herself directly in harm's way?

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

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

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

10. What does Creon finally reveal to Antigone in Part 5 that leaves her confused?

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