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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 are Eteocles and Polynices?

2. How is Haemon related to Antigone?

3. What happens to Eteocles's body in Part 1?

4. What is Antigone's plan in Part 2?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why do you think the author chose to introduce Antigone and her sister, Ismene, as such contrasting characters? What purpose might this serve to the storyline?

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

8. In Part 7, what is the symbolism of the guards coming in and sitting down to play cards?

9. After learning that everyone is dead, Creon leaves to make a council meeting. What is ironic about this?

10. Do you think Antigone's single-minded efforts to bury her brother are more about her attempts to get attention or gaining respect for her brother?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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