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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. Who confronts Antigone in the beginning of Part 2?

2. What does Antigone ask of Nurse when Nurse enters the room?

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. How is the Nurse described in Part 1?

5. When Haemon enters, what does the Nurse do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. What methods does Creon use to try to convince Antigone that she is on the wrong path in Part 5?

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

7. In Part 4, the Chorus highlights the stillness at the heart of tragedy. What is the significance of stillness in the play?

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

9. After learning of Haemon's suicide, Creon's wife takes her life. What does Creon say about those who have died?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Symbolism is usually a vital part of plot development and is a commonly used literary device. True to form, symbolism is an important part of "Antigone." Describe what the following items represent and why:

A. The shovel Antigone uses to bury Polynices body.

B. Antigone's dog.

C. Antigone's letter.

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 lack of specific setting allows the reader to imagine Antigone's personal struggle occurring in any place and time. Why do you think the author employed this method? Do you think he had other motives for not developing a setting? What might they be? Does the absence of setting enhance or detract from your enjoyment of the story? Why?

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