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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 breakfast.
(b) Her chores.
(c) Her prayers.
(d) Her beauty sleep.

2. In Part 2, Antigone tells the Nurse that she is too _____________ for what she must do.
(a) Frightened.
(b) Smart.
(c) Young.
(d) Tired.

3. In Part 3, what did Antigone borrow from Ismene?
(a) All of the answers are correct.
(b) Ismene's makeup and perfume.
(c) Ismene's dress.
(d) Ismene's jewelry.

4. What was Creon's former occupation?
(a) King of Thebes.
(b) Servant to the king's advisor.
(c) Chief advisor to the king.
(d) Blacksmith.

5. How is Haemon described in Part 1?
(a) Dour and sapid.
(b) Fun loving and sport loving.
(c) Boorish and uncommonly ugly.
(d) Adventurous and fickle.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the initial result when Eteocles refuses to honor the agreement with Polynices?

2. What is Antigone's plan in Part 2?

3. How is the Nurse described in Part 1?

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

5. In Part 3, when Haemon is about to respond to all of Antigone's comments, what does she force him to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think Antigone is to blame for what happens to her?

2. When the Chorus tells Creon that Haemon has been "mortally wounded" by Creon's indifference, Creon's response is that they all have. What does he mean by this statement?

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

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

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

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. In Part 2, Antigone is firm in her decision to bury Polynices. Despite Ismene's valid arguments against Antigone's proposed actions, Antigone has no plans to veer from her course. Describe one of Antigone's driving forces for her plan in this section of the play.

8. 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?

9. 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?

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

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