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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 Antigone say that she is not?

2. What does Antigone ask Haemon after her apology in Part 3?

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

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

5. In Part 3, Antigone tells Ismene that it is too ___________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. In Part 2, Antigone is firm in her decision to bury Polynices. Despite Ismene's valid arguments against Antigone's proposed actions, Antigone has no plans to veer from her course. Describe one of Antigone's driving forces for her plan in this section of the play.

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

9. Why does the author expose the character's fates in the beginning?

10. The Chorus is a parallel representation of the Chorus which was often used in Greek tragedy. Do you see any other representations characteristic of Greek tragedy within Part 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Antigone appears to be a righteous character, giving up love and life to do what is right. Her entire life seems to revolve around other people. Even thought Polynices is her brother too, Ismene seems more interested in fun and living life for herself. Compare/contrast Antigone and Ismene in appearance, personality, and driving forces.

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