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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, what does the person who confronts Antigone say in response to Antigone's reply about where she had been?

2. What did Antigone say that she wanted Haemon to do when she visited him the previous evening?

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

4. What is Antigone's response to Ismene's reply when Antigone tells Ismene about her plan?

5. What does Antigone feel like when the person who confronts her gets frustrated in Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. How do Ismene and Antigone each react to Creon's edict?

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

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

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

7. What role does Ismene play in Part 5?

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

9. 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?

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

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

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

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?

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