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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 is Antigone's nickname for the Nurse?

2. When the characters are introduced in Part 1, their basic characteristics are given. What else is revealed about these characters?

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

4. After Haemon exits in Part 3, who comes in to talk to Antigone?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Elaborate on the purpose of the play's vague setting.

3. Who were the brothers who fought for the throne? How were they related to Antigone? Why might their demise be so important to the plot of the story?

4. Outline the descriptions of the following characters: Antigone, Ismene, Creon, Haemon.

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

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

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

8. What role does Ismene play in Part 5?

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

10. Explain the convoluted path to the throne from Oedipus to Creon. Detail the characters and the way they became king.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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