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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 the Nurse described in Part 1?
(a) An old woman.
(b) A young, fresh faced maiden.
(c) A middle-aged courtier.
(d) A special family member.

2. What is Antigone's sister's name?
(a) Esperanza.
(b) Ophelia.
(c) Ismene.
(d) Aeronia.

3. What is Antigone's nickname for the Nurse?
(a) Her "dearest, darling Nurse."
(b) Her "second mother."
(c) She doesn't have one.
(d) Her "sweet red apple."

4. What does the person who confronts Antigone in Part 2 think Antigone was doing?
(a) Visiting her secret sweetheart.
(b) Taking a walk without her chaperone.
(c) Attending lessons without permission.
(d) Painting in the garden.

5. What is Antigone carrying in the beginning of Part 2?
(a) The weight of the world.
(b) Her suitcase.
(c) A large knife.
(d) Her shoes.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Part 3, as Nurse is wondering what is wrong with Antigone, who enters the room?

2. What is Ismene doing in Part 1 when she is introduced?

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

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

5. In Part 3, why did Antigone say that she was telling Haemon all the things she was telling him?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part 2, the reader begins to get a feel of Antigone as a tragic heroine. What are some of the hints the author gives to lead the reader to this conclusion?

2. In Part 2, what does the Nurse and her ministrations represent to Antigone?

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

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

6. What is the moment of crisis as described in "Antigone"?

7. What role does Ismene play in Part 5?

8. What purpose does Antigone's suicide serve?

9. The Chorus is a parallel representation of the Chorus which was often used in Greek tragedy. Do you see any other representations characteristic of Greek tragedy within Part 1?

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

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