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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 Antigone ask of Nurse when Nurse enters the room?

2. What does Ismene say Creon has that will drag them to the scaffold?

3. Who is Oedipus?

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

5. What is the character's name who introduces the other characters?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Creon represent in Part 4?

3. A case can be made for either Antigone or Creon as the tragic hero. Choose one and explain why you believe that person is the play's tragic hero.

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

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

6. Antigone, the princess, has been reduced to the level of a beggar, filthy and ragged. In Part 4, the guards discuss Antigone and her value to Creon with Antigone well within earshot. Describe the guards' discussion and Antigone's.

7. 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?

8. Why does the author expose the character's fates in the beginning?

9. What is the purpose of Antigone's letter to Haemon in Part 6?

10. What is the role of the Messenger, and why is he sitting away from the rest of the group?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Creon's role in the play represents destiny or fate. He alone holds Antigone's future in his hands, though one might argue that Antigone is a factor in her own destiny. However, Antigone seems to have surrendered herself to whatever may come. Describe situations in the play where Creon's power over Antigone's life or death is played out. What is Creon's rationale for sending Antigone to her death? Why does he feel he has no other option, even though Antigone is engaged to his son? What purpose will her death serve in what he considers his ultimate destiny?

Essay Topic 2

Up until the end, Antigone appears unsure of Haemon's true feelings for her. She wavers between thinking he desires Ismene to believing he loves her and her alone. Recalling passages from the play, what do you think Haemon's character represents? Do you think he represents true love? Perhaps he represents stability or honor or faithfulness. Explain what you think Haemon represents and why.

Essay Topic 3

A strong and perhaps puzzling image used to close out the play is the three guards playing cards. On the surface, this seems an odd way to end the play, yet, on another level, it could be viewed as a way to sum up all of the play's dramatic events. Just about everyone in this play is gambling in one manner or another. Using this analogy, compare Creon's, Antigone's, and Haemon's actions in the play to a game of cards. Does the adage, "The house always wins" hold true in each of these characters' situations, or did one or more of them actually walk away a winner? Why?

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