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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 2, Antigone tells the Nurse that she is too _____________ for what she must do.
(a) Frightened.
(b) Smart.
(c) Young.
(d) Tired.

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

3. What is Antigone's response to Ismene's reply when Antigone tells Ismene about her plan?
(a) She agrees and offers Ismene another option.
(b) She disagrees and begins to pack.
(c) She refuses, saying that it is the way things are meant to be.
(d) She leaves the room angrily.

4. What is Antigone's plan in Part 2?
(a) To marry the king.
(b) To run away.
(c) To bury Polynices.
(d) To elope.

5. What does Part 1 say about the play's setting?
(a) It has no geographical or historical implications.
(b) There is no mention of the play's setting.
(c) It is in the south of France on the shore of the Cote d'Azur.
(d) It is in a gloomy wood.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Antigone do to try to find out if Haemon really wanted her in Part 3?

2. What is the agreement between Eteocles and Polynices?

3. When Creon's wife is introduced, it is said that she will continue her task until what?

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

5. In Part 2, Ismene tells Antigone that she is what?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why do you think the author chose to introduce Antigone and her sister, Ismene, as such contrasting characters? What purpose might this serve to the storyline?

3. Tragedy is often seen as a spectacle, something to gawk at and comment upon. In Part 4, how does tragedy as a spectacle become pertinent to the storyline?

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

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

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

7. In Part 5, Creon accuses Antigone of being just like her father, playing out destiny's designs and being melodramatic about everything. What does he suggest Antigone do instead?

8. What does Creon finally reveal to Antigone in Part 5 that leaves her confused?

9. In Part 2, the reader begins to get a feel of Antigone as a tragic heroine. What are some of the hints the author gives to lead the reader to this conclusion?

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

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