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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ismene say she can't do in Part 3?

2. In Part 2, what is one of the things Antigone says her family told her not to do?

3. How is Antigone's sister described in Part 1?

4. Who confronts Antigone in the beginning of Part 2?

5. What is Creon's wife doing when she is introduced?

Short Essay Questions

1. Elaborate on the purpose of the play's vague setting.

2. The relationship between Antigone and Haemon is complicated. Despite his vows of love, Antigone cannot bring herself to believe that Haemon would choose her over Ismene. In Part 3, what does Antigone do to test Haemon?

3. What is the moment of crisis as described in "Antigone"?

4. What remains for Creon to do after the deaths of his wife, his son and his niece?

5. How is Antigone to be put to death, and how does she feel about it?

6. What is the function of the Guardsmen? Consider their dialogue, their interaction with the "major" players, the Chorus' comments on them, and so on.

7. How do Haemon and Antigone view Creon's life?

8. Prophecy is a large part of the story of Oedipus, his children, and the city of Thebes. A complicated and convoluted story, Oedipus's fate, and hence that of his children and Thebes, was foretold long before his birth and began with Oedipus's father, Laius's, evil act of kidnapping and murdering his friend's young son. In Part 2, the reader begins to get a feel for the inevitability of this curse and its after effects on the city of Thebes. What are Antigone's feelings about this curse as shown in Part 2?

9. Ismene asks Antigone if she has considered some of the possible ramifications of her actions. What were the ramifications that Ismene was asking about, and how does Antigone react to the question?

10. Why does the author expose the character's fates in the beginning?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Jonas seems to play a dual role. He is both accuser and confessor. He is torn between his terror of and loyalty to Creon and his sympathy for Antigone. What actions show his loyalty toward Creon? What actions show his sympathy for Antigone? What makes him ultimately choose to side with Creon? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The Nurse represents Antigone's conscience. When Antigone sneaks back in after being out all night, the Nurse reminds Antigone of all she's done to raise her right. When Antigone jokes that she's been out with a secret lover, the Nurse tells Antigone that her mother would not be proud of her actions. Are there any other instances of the Nurse acting as Antigone's conscience? Why do you think the author chose to include this moment of childish teasing in an otherwise dark play? Why does the Nurse react so emotionally? What purpose does this scene serve in the overall plot of the play?

Essay Topic 3

What purpose does the Chorus serve? Is it a genuine character or more of a narrator? Do you think that his role is necessary or extraneous? Why?

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