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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, who does Ismene say dies for ideas?
2. What does Antigone do when she is confronted in Part 2?
3. How is Antigone described in Part 1?
4. What is Antigone wishing in Part 1?
5. In Part 3, Ismene urges Antigone not to what?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Part 5, Creon accuses Antigone of being just like her father, playing out destiny's designs and being melodramatic about everything. What does he suggest Antigone do instead?
2. What is the purpose of Antigone's letter to Haemon in Part 6?
3. Elaborate on the purpose of the play's vague setting.
4. In Part 4, the Chorus highlights the stillness at the heart of tragedy. What is the significance of stillness in the play?
5. 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?
6. Antigone's unfinished letter is a symbol of what?
7. Ismene asks Antigone if she has considered some of the possible ramifications of her actions. What were the ramifications that Ismene was asking about, and how does Antigone react to the question?
8. What does the Chorus say about tragedy, and what significance does this have in Part 4?
9. In Part 7, what is the symbolism of the guards coming in and sitting down to play cards?
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?
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
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 3
Creon is stunned when he learns that Antigone is his betrayer. He simply cannot comprehend that his son's fiancee would defy him so flagrantly. Even more disconcerting to him, Antigone admits her guilt and, when offered a way out, simply states that a cover-up would do no good since she would just defy his order again. Up to this point, Creon has appeared impersonal and stoic. Does his obvious discomfort at Antigone's confession make him appear more or less human? Support your answer with specific examples from the text.
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