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

2. What does Nurse bring at the beginning of Part 3?
(a) A gallant friend.
(b) Coffee and toast.
(c) Ismene.
(d) Her knitting.

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

4. What does Antigone do when she is confronted in Part 2?
(a) Denies all accusations.
(b) Falls to the floor weeping.
(c) Openly admits where she was.
(d) Hints that the person who confonted her is correct.

5. Whom does Ismene say needs Antigone?
(a) Nurse.
(b) The dog.
(c) Haemon.
(d) All of the answers are correct.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ismene try to do when Antigone wants to discuss her plan in Part 2?

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

3. Ismene tells Antigone that she should __________ Polynices like Polynices ____________ them.

4. What is the Nurse doing when she is introduced?

5. What does Ismene ask Antigone after Antigone says that she has considered all of the possible consequences of her proposed actions in Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Prophecy is a large part of the story of Oedipus, his children, and the city of Thebes. A complicated and convoluted story, Oedipus's fate, and hence that of his children and Thebes, was foretold long before his birth and began with Oedipus's father, Laius's, evil act of kidnapping and murdering his friend's young son. In Part 2, the reader begins to get a feel for the inevitability of this curse and its after effects on the city of Thebes. What are Antigone's feelings about this curse as shown in Part 2?

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

3. 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?

4. As is typical of a tragedy, the lovers die together; their marital bed now serving as their death bed. Do you think Creon is really surprised by Haemon's suicide?

5. 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?

6. What is Antigone's explanation to the Nurse for her late night in Part 2? How does the Nurse react? Why is Antigone lying about where she has been?

7. How do Ismene and Antigone each react to Creon's edict?

8. What do you think is the symbolism of the child's shovel left beside Polynices's body in Part 4?

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

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

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