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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 3, Ismene urges Antigone not to what?

2. In Part 2, Ismene says that Antigone behaves too __________.

3. Whom does Ismene say needs Antigone?

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

5. What is the initial result when Eteocles refuses to honor the agreement with Polynices?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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.

3. What do you think is the symbolism of the child's shovel left beside Polynices's body in Part 4?

4. Prophecy is a large part of the story of Oedipus, his children, and the city of Thebes. A complicated and convoluted story, Oedipus's fate, and hence that of his children and Thebes, was foretold long before his birth and began with Oedipus's father, Laius's, evil act of kidnapping and murdering his friend's young son. In Part 2, the reader begins to get a feel for the inevitability of this curse and its after effects on the city of Thebes. What are Antigone's feelings about this curse as shown in Part 2?

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

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

7. 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?

8. Discuss Creon and Antigone's divergent thoughts on the importance of the rite of burial in Part 5.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After hearing of Haemon's death, Creon's wife commits suicide in dramatic fashion--by slitting her own throat. However, despite the drama in her manner of death, her death itself is an anticlimax. Why? Does her death add anything to the story at all? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

What purpose does the Chorus serve? Is it a genuine character or more of a narrator? Do you think that his role is necessary or extraneous? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Why do you think the Chorus revealed the characters' eventual fates at the very beginning of the play? Do you think it took away from the storyline? Why or why not? Was there a specific purpose, such as freeing the reader (or viewer if the play was acted out) from having to figure out what might happen in the end so he/she may focus on the lessons of the play? Why or why not?

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