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

2. What is the initial result when Eteocles refuses to honor the agreement with Polynices?
(a) A war breaks out.
(b) The throne is ceded to a relative.
(c) A new agreement is drawn up.
(d) A marriage is arranged.

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

4. What is the Nurse doing when she is introduced?
(a) Winding wool.
(b) Scrubbing the nursery.
(c) Preparing the medicine tray.
(d) Dancing merrily.

5. Who is looking for Antigone in Part 2?
(a) Ismene.
(b) Oedipus.
(c) Polynices.
(d) Dionysus.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ismene say Creon has that will drag them to the scaffold?

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

3. What does Nurse bring at the beginning of Part 3?

4. How does Antigone enter in the beginning of Part 2?

5. Who are Eteocles and Polynices?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Part 2, Antigone is firm in her decision to bury Polynices. Despite Ismene's valid arguments against Antigone's proposed actions, Antigone has no plans to veer from her course. Describe one of Antigone's driving forces for her plan in this section of the play.

3. 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?

4. Antigone's unfinished letter is a symbol of what?

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

6. What is the purpose of the Chorus in Part 1?

7. 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?

8. What is Antigone's explanation to the Nurse for her late night in Part 2? How does the Nurse react? Why is Antigone lying about where she has been?

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. 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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