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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. In Part 2, for what does the Nurse chastise Antigone and Ismene?

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

3. What is the character's name who introduces the other characters?

4. How is Haemon described in Part 1?

5. What did Haemon do in Part 3 that caused the quarrel between him and Antigone?

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. What is the purpose of Antigone's letter to Haemon in Part 6?

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Antigone appears to be a righteous character, giving up love and life to do what is right. Her entire life seems to revolve around other people. Even thought Polynices is her brother too, Ismene seems more interested in fun and living life for herself. Compare/contrast Antigone and Ismene in appearance, personality, and driving forces.

Essay Topic 2

At the end of the play, only Creon remains. He has lost everything but the crown he fought so hard to retain. He mentions that all of his dead loved ones are sleeping, and it must be good to sleep. What do you think Creon means by this statement? Is he expressing remorse, grief, guilt, or some combination? Do you think he sees what is really important now that he has lost it? Is there a lesson to be learned in his final scene? If so, what is it? If not, what purpose do you think his final scene serves?

Essay Topic 3

The Chorus is another element common to Greek tragedies, often representing the feelings of the spectators of the tragedy. When there is sorrow and the character appears stoic, the Chorus wails its anguish. Anger, confusion, practically any extreme emotion is carried out by the Chorus while the characters seem resigned to whatever event might be occurring. Recall a situation where the Chorus is employed in "Antigone." What is the Chorus's role in this situation? Why?

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