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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 does Antigone ask of Nurse when Nurse enters the room?
(a) To close the door on her way out.
(b) To treat her dog well.
(c) To take care of Ismene.
(d) To bring her toast and jam.

2. How is Haemon described in Part 1?
(a) Boorish and uncommonly ugly.
(b) Adventurous and fickle.
(c) Dour and sapid.
(d) Fun loving and sport loving.

3. What did Antigone fling at Ismene when they were children?
(a) Cabbage.
(b) Rotten apples.
(c) Worms and mud.
(d) Stones.

4. What does the person who confronts Antigone do when expressing her frustration?
(a) Screams in anger.
(b) Nothing.
(c) Weeps.
(d) Stalks out of the room.

5. What did Haemon do in Part 3 that caused the quarrel between him and Antigone?
(a) Told Antigone that he didn't love her.
(b) Laughed at Antigone.
(c) Asked Antigone to elope with him.
(d) Wouldn't let Antigone in his house.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is Antigone's sister described in Part 1?

2. What is the punishment for not following the king's orders about Polynices's body?

3. Ismene reminds Antigone that Polynices was more of a ___________ to them.

4. In Part 3, for what does Antigone apologize to Haemon?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. What is ironic about Ismene's plea to Antigone to give up her plan to bury Polynices?

7. Antigone extracts a promise from Haemon: he will turn and walk away, no questions asked, when Antigone finishes telling him what she needs to tell him. What do you think Antigone was trying to accomplish by asking Haemon to make this promise?

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

9. Ismene uses several arguments in an effort to convince Antigone that her plan to bury Polynices is foolhardy. Choose one of those arguments and describe why the argument might work or why it might not.

10. What remains for Creon to do after the deaths of his wife, his son and his niece?

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