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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. How are Haemon and Creon related?

2. What does Prologue explain after the characters are introduced in Part 1?

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

4. What is Ismene doing in Part 1 when she is introduced?

5. What does Antigone ask of Nurse when Nurse enters the room?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. The Chorus is a parallel representation of the Chorus which was often used in Greek tragedy. Do you see any other representations characteristic of Greek tragedy within Part 1?

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

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

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

6. What methods does Creon use to try to convince Antigone that she is on the wrong path in Part 5?

7. 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?

8. What purpose does Antigone's suicide serve?

9. What does Antigone ask the Nurse to do with her dog? Why is Antigone asking this of the Nurse?

10. What does Creon do that gives him a more human quality than he has previously shown?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Nurse represents Antigone's conscience. When Antigone sneaks back in after being out all night, the Nurse reminds Antigone of all she's done to raise her right. When Antigone jokes that she's been out with a secret lover, the Nurse tells Antigone that her mother would not be proud of her actions. Are there any other instances of the Nurse acting as Antigone's conscience? Why do you think the author chose to include this moment of childish teasing in an otherwise dark play? Why does the Nurse react so emotionally? What purpose does this scene serve in the overall plot of the play?

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 lack of specific setting allows the reader to imagine Antigone's personal struggle occurring in any place and time. Why do you think the author employed this method? Do you think he had other motives for not developing a setting? What might they be? Does the absence of setting enhance or detract from your enjoyment of the story? Why?

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