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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 Antigone ask of Nurse when Nurse enters the room?

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

3. Who does Antigone send to get coffee in Part 2?

4. Who are Eteocles and Polynices?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part 2, what does the Nurse and her ministrations represent to Antigone?

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

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. What does Creon represent in Part 4?

6. 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.

7. Explain the convoluted path to the throne from Oedipus to Creon. Detail the characters and the way they became king.

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

9. Outline the descriptions of the following characters: Antigone, Ismene, Creon, Haemon.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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 3

The author chose to employ irony in the relationship between Haemon and Antigone. Antigone repeatedly expresses doubts that Haemon truly loves her, despite his insistence that he does. The ironic part of their relationship is in their deaths. Haemon gives his life for Antigone, in a manner, declaring his love for her by dying for her. However, Antigone is already dead and cannot gain any peace from his sacrifice. What purpose, if any, does his futile death serve for the reader? Why?

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