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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 is the Nurse doing when she is introduced?

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

3. What did Antigone do to try to find out if Haemon really wanted her in Part 3?

4. In Part 2, what does Antigone tell Ismene that she should not forgo?

5. In Part 3, under what conditions does Ismene think Antigone will perform the task Ismene fears she will?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. After learning of Haemon's suicide, Creon's wife takes her life. What does Creon say about those who have died?

4. Ismene uses several arguments in an effort to convince Antigone that her plan to bury Polynices is foolhardy. Choose one of those arguments and describe why the argument might work or why it might not.

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

6. How does Antigone react to what the Nurse says about Antigone's mother in Part 2?

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

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

9. Antigone's unfinished letter is a symbol of what?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Creon's rise to King of Thebes. What was his previous governmental role? Why do you think he was chosen as ruler? Since his bloodline isn't the same as Oedipus's, what must he do to prove that he is worthy of the throne? Did his diverse treatment of Eteocles's and Polynices's bodies have anything to do with feeling that he must prove his strength and worthiness? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What purpose does the Chorus serve? Is it a genuine character or more of a narrator? Do you think that his role is necessary or extraneous? Why?

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