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

2. What happens to Oedipus?
(a) He dies.
(b) He flees the city.
(c) He kills his sons in a rage.
(d) He attends a council meeting.

3. When Haemon enters, what does the Nurse do?
(a) Gives him a lecture about Antigone's purity.
(b) Stares at him angrily.
(c) Departs.
(d) Demands that he take off his shoes.

4. What is the punishment for not following the king's orders about Polynices's body?
(a) Exile.
(b) Hard labor.
(c) Execution.
(d) A heavy fine and incarceration.

5. What was Creon's former occupation?
(a) Servant to the king's advisor.
(b) Blacksmith.
(c) Chief advisor to the king.
(d) King of Thebes.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is Antigone's response to Ismene's reply when Antigone tells Ismene about her plan?

4. What does Prologue explain after the characters are introduced in Part 1?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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"?

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

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

6. 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?

7. Do you think Antigone's single-minded efforts to bury her brother are more about her attempts to get attention or gaining respect for her brother?

8. 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?

9. In Part 7, what is the symbolism of the guards coming in and sitting down to play cards?

10. 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.

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