Oedipus the King Multiple Choice Test Questions

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Scene 1

1. At the beginning of the play, where have the townspeople gathered?
(a) in front of the palace
(b) in a shrine
(c) in the forest
(d) at the oracle

2. What does Oedipus call the people of Thebes?
(a) his children
(b) the gods' children
(c) his creations
(d) the gods' creations

3. What is Oedipus' initial attitude toward the crowd that has gathered?
(a) overjoyed and cheerful
(b) critical and derisive
(c) angry and annoyed
(d) caring and helpful

4. Who speaks for the people of Thebes as their leader?
(a) the parliamentary leader
(b) the oracle
(c) the prophet of Hera
(d) the priest of Zeus

5. Who does the priest say has gathered?
(a) everyone but those ill from disease
(b) all the sick and elderly townspeople
(c) townspeople from the very young to the very old
(d) all the young and hearty townspeople

6. Where are the townspeople who are not gathered to speak with Oedipus?
(a) in their graves
(b) in the fields, trying to cure the diseases
(c) at the gods' shrines asking for help
(d) at home, caring for the sick

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