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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 bright, blond woman.
(b) An uncommonly beautiful creature.
(c) An angel.
(d) A dark, thin girl.

2. What does Ismene try to do when Antigone wants to discuss her plan in Part 2?
(a) Tell Antigone that she will help.
(b) Talk Antigone out of it.
(c) Convince Antigone that running away will solve nothing.
(d) Talk Antigone into getting someone else to do it.

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

4. What did Antigone do to try to find out if Haemon really wanted her in Part 3?
(a) Sent another woman in her place to see if Haemon would slip.
(b) Wrote hm a love letter.
(c) Tried to seduce him.
(d) Dressed in Ismenes clothes and makeup.

5. In Part 3, why did Antigone say that she was telling Haemon all the things she was telling him?
(a) Because she wants him to know everything.
(b) Because she wants him to know the truth.
(c) Because she wants to get married right away.
(d) Because she can't marry him.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the person who confronts Antigone do when expressing her frustration?

3. In Part 3, Ismene urges Antigone not to what?

4. What does Antigone feel like when the person who confronts her gets frustrated in Part 2?

5. In Part 2, Ismene says that Antigone behaves too __________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Chorus say about tragedy, and what significance does this have in Part 4?

2. What role does Ismene play in Part 5?

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

4. Why do you think the author chose to introduce Antigone and her sister, Ismene, as such contrasting characters? What purpose might this serve to the storyline?

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

6. What does Creon do that gives him a more human quality than he has previously shown?

7. Antigone, the princess, has been reduced to the level of a beggar, filthy and ragged. In Part 4, the guards discuss Antigone and her value to Creon with Antigone well within earshot. Describe the guards' discussion and Antigone's.

8. What is the function of the Guardsmen? Consider their dialogue, their interaction with the "major" players, the Chorus' comments on them, and so on.

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. After learning of Haemon's suicide, Creon's wife takes her life. What does Creon say about those who have died?

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