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

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

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

4. Who is looking for Antigone in Part 2?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

4. 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?

5. What does Creon finally reveal to Antigone in Part 5 that leaves her confused?

6. Discuss Creon and Antigone's divergent thoughts on the importance of the rite of burial in Part 5.

7. In Part 4, the Chorus highlights the stillness at the heart of tragedy. What is the significance of stillness in the play?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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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