Antigone Final Test
Please answer each question carefully on your scantron.
I. Multiple Choice Questions
1. The Prologue reveals a major conflict between
a. Eteocleos and Haimon c. Ismene and King Creon
b. Antigone and King Creon d. Polyneices and Antigone
2. Creon’s decree that Polyneices shall not be buried is
a. in accord with Greek religious practices
b. popular with Theban citizens
c. rejected by Antigone as a violation of divine law
d. Creon’s way of punishing Antigone
3. Antigone believes that Polyneices deserves a proper burial because
a. he did not attack Thebes c. Creon should respect his nephew
b. he is entitled by birth to military honors d. he fought as bravely as Eteocles
4. What personality traits make Ismene an effective foil for Antigone?
a. Ismene is passive towards Creon, but Antigone is actively antagonistic towards him.
b. Ismene is happy while Antigone is mad.
c. Ismene prefers peace while Antigone wants another war.
d. Ismene and Antigone both loved their brothers.
5. What does Creon say is possibly the motive behind burying Polyneices?
a. financial greed b. fear of him c. to honor Oedipus’s family d. pity for the girls
6. Creon expresses all of the following values except
a. kings must show conviction and never be weak
b. loyalty deserves respect and reward
c. the stability of the state is most vital
d. family loyalty always takes precedence over the state
7. What fundamental principle does Antigone proclaim in her confrontation with Creon?
a. Self-sacrifice is necessary to save one’s country.
b. War brings more losses then gains.
c. The law of the gods is more important than the law of the state.
c. Women are the true rulers of the land.
8. Which of the following is not a motive for Antigone defying Creon?
a. She wishes to follow the will of the gods.
b. She loves her brother and believes that he deserves a proper burial.
c. She wants to become famous and have personal glory.
d. She thinks that Creon is abusing his power by putting his will ahead of the gods’ will.
9 What is Creon’s motive for arresting Ismene?
a. He does not want Ismene to marry Haimon.
b. He believes that Ismene is also, at least partly, responsible in Polyneices’ burial.
c. He never liked Ismene and is using any excuse to get rid of her.
d. The Sentry reported that Ismene was with Antigone during the burial.
10. How does Haimon try to persuade his father to change his position?
a. Haimon tells his father that he will never love another as he loves Antigone.
b. Haimon states that he will destroy his father and all the elders.
c. Haimon reports that the citizens of Thebes feel that Creon’s punishment is wrong.
d. Haimon reminds Creon that Antigone is his niece.
11. Haimon warns his father that if Antigone dies _________________.
a. another death will also occur. c. the people of Thebes will revolt.
b. he will gather an army against his father. d. Haimon will marry Ismene.
12. Creon believes that if he changes his mind to satisfy his son that the people of Thebes___.
a. will think that he is too weak to even rule his own child.
b. will think that he is going against the will of the gods.
c. will think that Creon, himself, is in love with Antigone.
d. will think that Ismene has somehow seduced him.
13. As Antigone is being lead to her death she most regrets that she will _____________.
a. never be a bride to Haimon c. never have children
b. never see Ismene again d. never see her home of Corinth again.
14. How is Antigone to be put to death?
a. hanging c. live burial
b. stoned to death d. placed alive in a stone vault but given food
15. What does the Choragos tell Creon about Teiresias’ predictions?
a. He tells Creon not to worry because the predictions are probably false.
b. He reminds Creon that Teiresias is just an old blind man who likes to feel important.
c. He suggests that Teiresias is trying to scare Creon.
d. He states that he cannot remember a time when Teiresias has ever been wrong.
16. What is Creon’s motive for finally wishing to free Antigone and bury Polyneices?
a. He has been bribed. c. He doesn’t want to risk losing his family and kingdom.
b. Ismene and Eurydice plead with him to be lenient. d. He wants to regain his self
17. What does Haimon do just before killing himself?
a. He cries out to Antigone. c. He argues with his father.
b. He calls for a witness. d. He attempts to kill his father.
18. How does Antigone die?
a. She hangs herself c. She starves to death.
b. She asphyxiates from lack of oxygen. d. Birds of prey eat her.
19. What does Eurydice do when she learns of her son’s death?
a. She kills Creon. c. She gathers an army to attack Thebes.
b. She runs away with Teiresias. d. She kills herself.
20. What lesson does Creon learn from this experience?
a. Creon learns that his kingship is the most important thing.
b. Creon learns that only Ismene was a loyal subject to him.
c. Creon learns that his pride destroyed his entire family.
d. Creon learns that he can only depend upon himself for guidance.
21. What is not a theme in this play?
a. God’s law is above man’s law. c. Love is blind.
b. Fate controls people’s lives. d. Pride causes great grief and pain.
22. How is Ismene a foil for Antigone?
a. Ismene is passive while Antigone is actively antagonistic towards Creon.
b. They both are in love with Haimon but he only loves Antigone.
c. Ismene only wants to stay alive while Antigone is willing to die.
d. They both are Oedipus’ children.
23. How is Creon a dynamic character?
a. He does not learn that he should obey the gods.
b. He is deeply saddened by Haimon and Eurydice’s deaths.
c. He learns that he should obey the will of the gods.
d. He learns to only listen to prophets like Teiresias.
II. Matching – Please match the literary term with its definition.
____ 24. Polyneices A. a blind prophet
____25. Tragedy B. Oedipus’ son who was buried with full honors by the
____ 26. Oedipus C. killed his father and married his mother; father of
____ 27. Ismene D. the leader of the chorus
____ 28. Haimon E. the queen of Thebes
____ 29. Antigone AB. engaged to Antigone; son of the king
____ 30. Choragos AC. he took over as the King of Thebes after the war
____ 31. Teiresias AD. she refused to help her sister bury Polyneices
____ 32. Eteocles AE. ill-fated daughter of Oedipus; defied the king’s decree
____ 33. Chorus BC. considered a traitor to Thebes; his body was left to rot
____ 34. Eurydice BD. a serious play in which the main character suffers from
____ 35. Creon BE. group that sings and comments on the actions of the
II. Terms – match the literary terms with the correct definition/ or character/
situation. Some of the choices will be used more than once.
A. Prologue B. Chorus C. Stage Direction D. Tragedy E. Foreshadowing AB. Theme
AC. Choragos AD. Irony AE. Conflict ABC. Tragic Flaw
36. scene that introduces the conflict of the play
37. the “choreography” of the play; tells actors where to go on stage
39. hints at events that will happen later in the story
40. group of Theban citizens
41. horrible downfall
42. comments on action and contributes to thematic development
43. meaning behind the events
44. Teiresias is blind but sees the truth
45. Creon’s edict or the gods’ laws?
46. happens to a person of nobility
47. Fate controls, not men.
48. Hubris or Pride
49. leader of the chorus
50. wonders whether the gods were behind the burial