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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 did Antigone do to try to find out if Haemon really wanted her in Part 3?
(a) Tried to seduce him.
(b) Sent another woman in her place to see if Haemon would slip.
(c) Dressed in Ismenes clothes and makeup.
(d) Wrote hm a love letter.

2. In Part 3, Antigone tells Ismene that it is too ___________.
(a) Early.
(b) Long.
(c) Much work.
(d) Late.

3. What does Nurse bring at the beginning of Part 3?
(a) A gallant friend.
(b) Coffee and toast.
(c) Her knitting.
(d) Ismene.

4. When Haemon enters, what does the Nurse do?
(a) Departs.
(b) Demands that he take off his shoes.
(c) Gives him a lecture about Antigone's purity.
(d) Stares at him angrily.

5. In Part 2, how does Antigone think her mother would feel about what she was doing?
(a) Disappointed.
(b) Proud.
(c) Frightened.
(d) Angry.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How is the Nurse described in Part 1?

3. In Part 2, what is one of the things Antigone says her family told her not to do?

4. What happens to Polynices's body in Part 1?

5. Who is Oedipus?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do Haemon and Antigone view Creon's life?

3. What role does Ismene play in Part 5?

4. What purpose does Antigone's suicide serve?

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

6. 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.

7. Tragedy is often seen as a spectacle, something to gawk at and comment upon. In Part 4, how does tragedy as a spectacle become pertinent to the storyline?

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

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

10. Why do you think the author chose to introduce Antigone and her sister, Ismene, as such contrasting characters? What purpose might this serve to the storyline?

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