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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 does Antigone ask Haemon after her apology in Part 3?

2. What does Nurse bring at the beginning of Part 3?

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

4. What does Part 1 say about the play's setting?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. When the Chorus tells Creon that Haemon has been "mortally wounded" by Creon's indifference, Creon's response is that they all have. What does he mean by this statement?

2. Ismene asks Antigone if she has considered some of the possible ramifications of her actions. What were the ramifications that Ismene was asking about, and how does Antigone react to the question?

3. What does Creon do that gives him a more human quality than he has previously shown?

4. What is the purpose of Antigone's letter to Haemon in Part 6?

5. What is Antigone's explanation to the Nurse for her late night in Part 2? How does the Nurse react? Why is Antigone lying about where she has been?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. In examining Antigone, one is drawn to the conclusion that Anouilh is influenced greatly by the genre of Greek tragedy. There are several key differences, however. One of those differences is the role of the gods in the lives of common men and women. In what manner does Anouilh firmly plant his storyline in the modern day by supplanting man's influence for the influence the gods?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Typical of the Greek tragedies such as the one upon which this play is based, fate is a pervasive theme in "Antigone." Describe circumstances in the play where a character seems to surrender to fate. Do you believe this character feels he/she has any control over his/her ultimate destiny? Why or why not? Does the character seem to feel inexorably drawn toward his/her fate, or does he/she seem to fight and exert his/her will? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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