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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. In Part 3, as Nurse is wondering what is wrong with Antigone, who enters the room?
(a) Polynices.
(b) Ismene.
(c) Haemon.
(d) Creon.

2. What does Prologue explain after the characters are introduced in Part 1?
(a) The reason the introductions are so detailed.
(b) Some of the situations the characters will soon face.
(c) Some of the play's background.
(d) The author's intent in writing the play.

3. What is Ismene doing in Part 1 when she is introduced?
(a) Laughing and chatting with Haemon.
(b) Asking Creon to accept her as a courtesan.
(c) Lamenting her eventual fate.
(d) Pretending she is alone.

4. Polynices is Ismene's ______________.
(a) Cousin.
(b) Lover.
(c) Brother.
(d) Father.

5. Who is playing cards in Part 1?
(a) The King.
(b) Three soldiers.
(c) The Messenger.
(d) Antigone.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Creon's former occupation?

2. In Part 2, who does Ismene say dies for ideas?

3. How is the Nurse described in Part 1?

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

5. In Part 2, what does the person who confronts Antigone say in response to Antigone's reply about where she had been?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Many of Antigone's actions can be defined as either selfish or unselfish. Some may blur the lines. In Part 3, do you think Antigone's treatment of Haemon is selfish or unselfish, or can an argument be made for a bit of both?

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

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