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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 happens to Polynices's body in Part 1?
(a) He is given an elaborate funeral.
(b) It is never found.
(c) t is hung on a tree to warn all who come to challenge the king.
(d) He is left unburied for the vultures, vermin and insects to feed on.

2. What is the name of Antigone's dog?
(a) Puff.
(b) Fluff.
(c) Tuft.
(d) Huff.

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

4. What does Antigone say wards off evil in Part 2?
(a) Her sister's love.
(b) Her mother's cross.
(c) The Nurse's hands.
(d) Her lucky charm.

5. What is Creon's occupation?
(a) The king's treasurer.
(b) Page.
(c) King of Thebes.
(d) Court messenger.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Creon's wife doing when she is introduced?

2. Who is playing cards in Part 1?

3. What is Antigone's nickname for the Nurse?

4. In Part 2, who does Ismene say dies for ideas?

5. In Part 3, when Haemon is about to respond to all of Antigone's comments, what does she force him to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think Antigone's single-minded efforts to bury her brother are more about her attempts to get attention or gaining respect for her brother?

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

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

5. In Part 4, the Chorus highlights the stillness at the heart of tragedy. What is the significance of stillness in the play?

6. What is the purpose of Antigone's letter to Haemon in Part 6?

7. Who was responsible for Oedipus's death and why? What did Oedipus do before he died?

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

9. A case can be made for either Antigone or Creon as the tragic hero. Choose one and explain why you believe that person is the play's tragic hero.

10. 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"?

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