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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 Antigone described in Part 1?
(a) A dark, thin girl.
(b) A bright, blond woman.
(c) An angel.
(d) An uncommonly beautiful creature.

2. Who are Eteocles and Polynices?
(a) Sons of King Oedipus.
(b) Antigone's brothers.
(c) Men named as rulers of Thebes.
(d) All answers are correct.

3. What is the initial result when Eteocles refuses to honor the agreement with Polynices?
(a) The throne is ceded to a relative.
(b) A war breaks out.
(c) A marriage is arranged.
(d) A new agreement is drawn up.

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

5. What is the final, tragic result of the agreement between Eteocles and Polynices in Part 1?
(a) They kill each other.
(b) They are both asassinated.
(c) A plague sweeps through the city, and they both die.
(d) Their father has them executed.

Short Answer Questions

1. After Haemon exits in Part 3, who comes in to talk to Antigone?

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

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

4. What does the person who confronts Antigone in Part 2 think Antigone was doing?

5. In Part 2, how does Antigone think her mother would feel about what she was doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Outline the descriptions of the following characters: Antigone, Ismene, Creon, Haemon.

2. What does Creon represent in Part 4?

3. Why do you think that Antigone lies to Creon when he asks if anyone else knows what she is doing in Part 5?

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

5. What is the purpose of the Chorus in Part 1?

6. Elaborate on the purpose of the play's vague setting.

7. After learning that everyone is dead, Creon leaves to make a council meeting. What is ironic about this?

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

9. Ismene asks Antigone if she has considered some of the possible ramifications of her actions. What were the ramifications that Ismene was asking about, and how does Antigone react to the question?

10. Once again, Antigone has a chance to escape death in Part 5, yet she seems to fight for the right to die rather than fight for the right to live. How does Antigone once again put herself directly in harm's way?

(see the answer keys)

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