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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. Who does Antigone send to get coffee in Part 2?
(a) Creon.
(b) Haemon.
(c) Ismene.
(d) Nurse.

2. What was Creon's former occupation?
(a) Servant to the king's advisor.
(b) King of Thebes.
(c) Blacksmith.
(d) Chief advisor to the king.

3. What is the agreement between Eteocles and Polynices?
(a) Eteocles would be named king.
(b) They would go to war against Macedonia.
(c) Polynices would be named king.
(d) They would rule in alternate years.

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?
(a) If Antigone wants to go to breakfast.
(b) If Antigone doesn't want to live.
(c) If Antigone really thinks her plan will work.
(d) If Antigone will leave Ismene her treasured brooch.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ismene fear Antigone will do if Ismene takes her eyes off of Antigone?

2. Ismene reminds Antigone that Polynices was more of a ___________ to them.

3. What did Antigone say that she wanted Haemon to do when she visited him the previous evening?

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

5. In Part 2, what does the person who confronts Antigone say in response to Antigone's reply about where she had been?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss Creon and Antigone's divergent thoughts on the importance of the rite of burial in Part 5.

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. The tragedy of lost lives for the sake of a political statement is one that permeates even into modern times. What message do you think Anouilh was trying to convey through his play, "Antigone"?

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

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. What does Antigone ask the Nurse to do with her dog? Why is Antigone asking this of the Nurse?

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