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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. Who is Oedipus?

2. What does Ismene try to do when Antigone wants to discuss her plan in Part 2?

3. Antigone says the Nurse is stronger than what in Part 2?

4. Who is looking for Antigone in Part 2?

5. What is Antigone's plan in Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What purpose does Antigone's suicide serve?

2. 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?

3. What is the purpose of the Chorus in Part 1?

4. What role does Ismene play in Part 5?

5. Tragedy is often seen as a spectacle, something to gawk at and comment upon. In Part 4, how does tragedy as a spectacle become pertinent to the storyline?

6. Do you think Antigone's single-minded efforts to bury her brother are more about her attempts to get attention or gaining respect for her brother?

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

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

9. What is represented by Antigone and Haemon's burial?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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,

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

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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