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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 Nurse bring at the beginning of Part 3?

3. What is the name of Antigone's dog?

4. In Part 3, what did Antigone borrow from Ismene?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain the convoluted path to the throne from Oedipus to Creon. Detail the characters and the way they became king.

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

5. 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?

6. 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.

7. Do you think Antigone is to blame for what happens to her?

8. In Part 7, what is the symbolism of the guards coming in and sitting down to play cards?

9. In Part 2, what is ironic about the conversation between the Nurse and Antigone?

10. 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?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

The climax is the penultimate moment of emotion in a story. Identify the climax of "Antigone" and discuss why you believe that is the climax. Do you think any other moment in the play qualifies? If so, what is it and why do you believe so? If not, explain what about this particular passage makes it the only climax of the story,

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