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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 did Antigone fling at Ismene when they were children?

2. Whom does Ismene say needs Antigone?

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

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

5. Who is the youth alone on the other side of the stage?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was responsible for Oedipus's death and why? What did Oedipus do before he died?

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

3. What do you think is the symbolism of the child's shovel left beside Polynices's body in Part 4?

4. 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?

5. Once again, Antigone has a chance to escape death in Part 5, yet she seems to fight for the right to die rather than fight for the right to live. How does Antigone once again put herself directly in harm's way?

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

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

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

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

10. What might Creon's failed attempts to cover up Antigone's betrayal represent to the author?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Greek tragedies also tend to use foreshadowing for dramatic effect. Choose an instance of foreshadowing from the play and describe it and the event it foreshadows. Go into detail about both the event and the instance of foreshadowing, explaining what you think ties them together and why.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Up until the end, Antigone appears unsure of Haemon's true feelings for her. She wavers between thinking he desires Ismene to believing he loves her and her alone. Recalling passages from the play, what do you think Haemon's character represents? Do you think he represents true love? Perhaps he represents stability or honor or faithfulness. Explain what you think Haemon represents and why.

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