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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 the person who confronts Antigone in Part 2 think Antigone was doing?
(a) Attending lessons without permission.
(b) Painting in the garden.
(c) Taking a walk without her chaperone.
(d) Visiting her secret sweetheart.

2. In Part 2, who does Ismene say dies for ideas?
(a) Men.
(b) The cowards.
(c) The brave.
(d) The foolhardy.

3. Who is looking for Antigone in Part 2?
(a) Ismene.
(b) Polynices.
(c) Oedipus.
(d) Dionysus.

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

5. What happens to Oedipus?
(a) He attends a council meeting.
(b) He dies.
(c) He kills his sons in a rage.
(d) He flees the city.

Short Answer Questions

1. Polynices is Ismene's ______________.

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

3. Whom does Ismene say needs Antigone?

4. What does Ismene ask Antigone after Antigone says that she has considered all of the possible consequences of her proposed actions in Part 2?

5. What is Antigone's response to Ismene's reply when Antigone tells Ismene about her plan?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Prophecy is a large part of the story of Oedipus, his children, and the city of Thebes. A complicated and convoluted story, Oedipus's fate, and hence that of his children and Thebes, was foretold long before his birth and began with Oedipus's father, Laius's, evil act of kidnapping and murdering his friend's young son. In Part 2, the reader begins to get a feel for the inevitability of this curse and its after effects on the city of Thebes. What are Antigone's feelings about this curse as shown in Part 2?

3. What remains for Creon to do after the deaths of his wife, his son and his niece?

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

5. What role does Ismene play in Part 5?

6. What does Creon represent in Part 4?

7. What purpose does Antigone's suicide serve?

8. What is the moment of crisis as described in "Antigone"?

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

10. After learning of Haemon's suicide, Creon's wife takes her life. What does Creon say about those who have died?

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