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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 is Antigone's plan in Part 2?
(a) To marry the king.
(b) To elope.
(c) To bury Polynices.
(d) To run away.

2. How does Antigone enter in the beginning of Part 2?
(a) She bangs the door open and runs in.
(b) She strides in angrily.
(c) She creeps in.
(d) She slips in through the window.

3. What is the punishment for not following the king's orders about Polynices's body?
(a) Execution.
(b) Hard labor.
(c) A heavy fine and incarceration.
(d) Exile.

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) Marry her right away.
(b) Commit suicide.
(c) Give her the money she needs.
(d) Leave.

5. How are Haemon and Creon related?
(a) Creon is Haemon's brother.
(b) Creon is Haemon's father.
(c) Creon is Haemon's uncle.
(d) Creaon is Haemon's instructor.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Part 2, what does Antigone tell Ismene that she should not forgo?

3. In Part 3, under what conditions does Ismene think Antigone will perform the task Ismene fears she will?

4. What is the name of Antigone's dog?

5. What does Antigone say wards off evil in Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think that Antigone lies to Creon when he asks if anyone else knows what she is doing in Part 5?

2. 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?

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

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

5. As is typical of a tragedy, the lovers die together; their marital bed now serving as their death bed. Do you think Creon is really surprised by Haemon's suicide?

6. In Part 4, the Chorus highlights the stillness at the heart of tragedy. What is the significance of stillness in the play?

7. Outline the descriptions of the following characters: Antigone, Ismene, Creon, Haemon.

8. The relationship between Antigone and Haemon is complicated. Despite his vows of love, Antigone cannot bring herself to believe that Haemon would choose her over Ismene. In Part 3, what does Antigone do to test Haemon?

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

10. In Part 2, the reader begins to get a feel of Antigone as a tragic heroine. What are some of the hints the author gives to lead the reader to this conclusion?

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