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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 the Nurse described in Part 1?
(a) A young, fresh faced maiden.
(b) A special family member.
(c) A middle-aged courtier.
(d) An old woman.

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

3. What does the person who confronts Antigone do when expressing her frustration?
(a) Weeps.
(b) Stalks out of the room.
(c) Screams in anger.
(d) Nothing.

4. What does Ismene try to do when Antigone wants to discuss her plan in Part 2?
(a) Tell Antigone that she will help.
(b) Talk Antigone into getting someone else to do it.
(c) Convince Antigone that running away will solve nothing.
(d) Talk Antigone out of it.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Oedipus?

2. What is Antigone carrying in the beginning of Part 2?

3. What does Antigone feel like when the person who confronts her gets frustrated in Part 2?

4. Who are Eteocles and Polynices?

5. What is Antigone's sister's name?

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. What does Creon do that gives him a more human quality than he has previously shown?

3. 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?

4. What do you think is the symbolism of the child's shovel left beside Polynices's body in Part 4?

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

9. What does Creon represent in Part 4?

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

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