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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Creon say will happen if Antigone succeeds in burying Polynices?
2. After Haemon's conversation with Creon is over, what does Haemon do?
3. In Part 6, what does Creon say about his quarrel with Antigone over Polynices's body?
4. When Haemon approaches his father in Part 6, what does Creon do?
5. In Part 5, how does Antigone ask Creon to kill her?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Creon's choice of execution method appears cruel and extreme. What purpose would such an execution serve? What message do you think Creon was trying to send by walling her up in a cave? Why do you think Creon would choose this instead of possibly more humane methods of execution? What message do you think he was trying to send to Haemon by sentencing his fiancee to such a death?
Essay Topic 2
The Nurse represents Antigone's conscience. When Antigone sneaks back in after being out all night, the Nurse reminds Antigone of all she's done to raise her right. When Antigone jokes that she's been out with a secret lover, the Nurse tells Antigone that her mother would not be proud of her actions. Are there any other instances of the Nurse acting as Antigone's conscience? Why do you think the author chose to include this moment of childish teasing in an otherwise dark play? Why does the Nurse react so emotionally? What purpose does this scene serve in the overall plot of the play?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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