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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 Nurse doing when she is introduced?

2. What does Antigone tell Nurse to do if her dog keeps waiting by the door?

3. In Part 2, what is one of the things Antigone says her family told her not to do?

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

5. What does Ismene ask Antigone after Antigone says that she has considered all of the possible consequences of her proposed actions in Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Elaborate on the purpose of the play's vague setting.

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

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

4. Once again, Antigone has a chance to escape death in Part 5, yet she seems to fight for the right to die rather than fight for the right to live. How does Antigone once again put herself directly in harm's way?

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

6. The tragedy of lost lives for the sake of a political statement is one that permeates even into modern times. What message do you think Anouilh was trying to convey through his play, "Antigone"?

7. Antigone extracts a promise from Haemon: he will turn and walk away, no questions asked, when Antigone finishes telling him what she needs to tell him. What do you think Antigone was trying to accomplish by asking Haemon to make this promise?

8. What purpose does Antigone's suicide serve?

9. 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?

10. How is Antigone to be put to death, and how does she feel about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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,

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