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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Ismene say she can't do in Part 3?

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

3. How is Antigone's sister described in Part 1?

4. Who confronts Antigone in the beginning of Part 2?

5. What is Creon's wife doing when she is introduced?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. The relationship between Antigone and Haemon is complicated. Despite his vows of love, Antigone cannot bring herself to believe that Haemon would choose her over Ismene. In Part 3, what does Antigone do to test Haemon?

3. What is the moment of crisis as described in "Antigone"?

4. What remains for Creon to do after the deaths of his wife, his son and his niece?

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

6. What is the function of the Guardsmen? Consider their dialogue, their interaction with the "major" players, the Chorus' comments on them, and so on.

7. How do Haemon and Antigone view Creon's life?

8. 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?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Creon is stunned when he learns that Antigone is his betrayer. He simply cannot comprehend that his son's fiancee would defy him so flagrantly. Even more disconcerting to him, Antigone admits her guilt and, when offered a way out, simply states that a cover-up would do no good since she would just defy his order again. Up to this point, Creon has appeared impersonal and stoic. Does his obvious discomfort at Antigone's confession make him appear more or less human? Support your answer with specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Creon's choice of execution method appears cruel and extreme. What purpose would such an execution serve? What message do you think Creon was trying to send by walling her up in a cave? Why do you think Creon would choose this instead of possibly more humane methods of execution? What message do you think he was trying to send to Haemon by sentencing his fiancee to such a death?

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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