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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Jonas say in response to Creon's accusations in Part 4?
2. In Part 4, the Chorus says there are four aspects of a tragedy. What is one of those aspects?
3. In Part 5, what is the first thing that Creon asks Antigone?
4. When Creon asks where Antigone is going in Part 5, what does she say?
5. In Part 4, what does the heat of the sun do?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The lack of specific setting allows the reader to imagine Antigone's personal struggle occurring in any place and time. Why do you think the author employed this method? Do you think he had other motives for not developing a setting? What might they be? Does the absence of setting enhance or detract from your enjoyment of the story? Why?
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
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?
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