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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 is the initial result when Eteocles refuses to honor the agreement with Polynices?

2. After Haemon exits in Part 3, who comes in to talk to Antigone?

3. In Part 3, after Antigone explains everything to Haemon, what does she tell him is the only thing he can do to show her that he loves her?

4. In Part 2, how does Antigone think her mother would feel about what she was doing?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Antigone react to what the Nurse says about Antigone's mother in Part 2?

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

7. 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?

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

9. In Part 2, what is ironic about the conversation between the Nurse and Antigone?

10. When the Chorus tells Creon that Haemon has been "mortally wounded" by Creon's indifference, Creon's response is that they all have. What does he mean by this statement?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The climax is the penultimate moment of emotion in a story. Identify the climax of "Antigone" and discuss why you believe that is the climax. Do you think any other moment in the play qualifies? If so, what is it and why do you believe so? If not, explain what about this particular passage makes it the only climax of the story,

Essay Topic 2

Creon's role in the play represents destiny or fate. He alone holds Antigone's future in his hands, though one might argue that Antigone is a factor in her own destiny. However, Antigone seems to have surrendered herself to whatever may come. Describe situations in the play where Creon's power over Antigone's life or death is played out. What is Creon's rationale for sending Antigone to her death? Why does he feel he has no other option, even though Antigone is engaged to his son? What purpose will her death serve in what he considers his ultimate destiny?

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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