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

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

3. In Part 2, who does Ismene say dies for ideas?
(a) The foolhardy.
(b) The brave.
(c) Men.
(d) The cowards.

4. In Part 3, as Nurse is wondering what is wrong with Antigone, who enters the room?
(a) Haemon.
(b) Ismene.
(c) Polynices.
(d) Creon.

5. What does Ismene say Creon has that will drag them to the scaffold?
(a) A wooden cart full of straw.
(b) An army of hundreds.
(c) A mob of thousands of arms and eyes.
(d) A strong, black stallion.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Eteocles's body in Part 1?

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

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

4. What does Antigone do when she is confronted in Part 2?

5. What does Antigone tell Nurse to do if her dog keeps waiting by the door?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How does Antigone react to what the Nurse says about Antigone's mother in Part 2?

3. 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?

4. Antigone's unfinished letter is a symbol of what?

5. In Part 2, what is ironic about the conversation between the Nurse and Antigone?

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

7. 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.

8. What might Creon's failed attempts to cover up Antigone's betrayal represent to the author?

9. 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"?

10. How is Antigone to be put to death, and how does she feel about it?

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