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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. When the characters are introduced in Part 1, their basic characteristics are given. What else is revealed about these characters?
(a) Their current state of health.
(b) Their date of birth.
(c) Their eventual fates.
(d) Their pets' names.

2. In Part 3, Ismene urges Antigone not to what?
(a) Attempt what's beyond her strength.
(b) All answers are correct.
(c) Go to the castle without assistance.
(d) Delay the inevitable.

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

4. In Part 3, Antigone tells Ismene that it is too ___________.
(a) Early.
(b) Late.
(c) Long.
(d) Much work.

5. What does Ismene fear Antigone will do if Ismene takes her eyes off of Antigone?
(a) Kill herself.
(b) Bury Polynices.
(c) Run away.
(d) Elope.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Antigone ask of Nurse when Nurse enters the room?

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

3. How is Antigone described in Part 1?

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

5. How are Haemon and Creon related?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the role of the Messenger, and why is he sitting away from the rest of the group?

2. 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.

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

4. 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?

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

6. How does Creon react to Haemon's plea for Antigone's life in Part 6?

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

8. 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"?

9. 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?

10. 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.

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