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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 feel like when the person who confronts her gets frustrated in Part 2?

2. What does the person who confronts Antigone in Part 2 think Antigone was doing?

3. In Part 2, Antigone tells the Nurse that she is too _____________ for what she must do.

4. In Part 2, what does the person who confronts Antigone say in response to Antigone's reply about where she had been?

5. Why isn't the boy alone on the side of the stage laughing and talking with the other characters?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Chorus say about tragedy, and what significance does this have in Part 4?

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. A case can be made for either Antigone or Creon as the tragic hero. Choose one and explain why you believe that person is the play's tragic hero.

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

9. What purpose does Antigone's suicide serve?

10. Many of Antigone's actions can be defined as either selfish or unselfish. Some may blur the lines. In Part 3, do you think Antigone's treatment of Haemon is selfish or unselfish, or can an argument be made for a bit of both?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

At the end of the play, only Creon remains. He has lost everything but the crown he fought so hard to retain. He mentions that all of his dead loved ones are sleeping, and it must be good to sleep. What do you think Creon means by this statement? Is he expressing remorse, grief, guilt, or some combination? Do you think he sees what is really important now that he has lost it? Is there a lesson to be learned in his final scene? If so, what is it? If not, what purpose do you think his final scene serves?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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