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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Jonas asking Antigone when the guards burst in?

2. In Part 4, the Chorus says there are four aspects of a tragedy. What is one of those aspects?

3. What does Creon say he will do if Antigone does what he tells her to do in Part 5?

4. Why is Jonas reluctant to do what Antigone asks of him?

5. In Part 4, who is Jonas?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Symbolism is usually a vital part of plot development and is a commonly used literary device. True to form, symbolism is an important part of "Antigone." Describe what the following items represent and why:

A. The shovel Antigone uses to bury Polynices body.

B. Antigone's dog.

C. Antigone's letter.

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