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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, for what does the Nurse chastise Antigone and Ismene?
(a) For not respecting her.
(b) For making too much noise.
(c) For rising so early.
(d) For not having any common sense.

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

3. Who confronts Antigone in the beginning of Part 2?
(a) Creon.
(b) Polynices.
(c) Nurse.
(d) Ismene.

4. What does Antigone ask of Nurse when Nurse enters the room?
(a) To close the door on her way out.
(b) To bring her toast and jam.
(c) To take care of Ismene.
(d) To treat her dog well.

5. What does Antigone ask Haemon after her apology in Part 3?
(a) If he loves her.
(b) If he wants to marry someone else.
(c) If he knows her favorite color.
(d) If he wants a dog.

Short Answer Questions

1. Antigone says the Nurse is stronger than what in Part 2?

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

3. Who is the youth alone on the other side of the stage?

4. What does Part 1 say about the play's setting?

5. How does Antigone enter in the beginning of Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What purpose does Antigone's suicide serve?

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. What methods does Creon use to try to convince Antigone that she is on the wrong path in Part 5?

6. Antigone extracts a promise from Haemon: he will turn and walk away, no questions asked, when Antigone finishes telling him what she needs to tell him. What do you think Antigone was trying to accomplish by asking Haemon to make this promise?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. In Part 7, what is the symbolism of the guards coming in and sitting down to play cards?

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

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