Oedipus the King Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Scene 3.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the end of the scene, what does Oedipus ask the people to stand up and take?
(a) their suppliant branches
(b) arms
(c) the news to the outlying farms
(d) pity on him in his misery

2. Why does Oedipus say his sorrow is greater than the townspeople?
(a) Oedipus has sorrow for himself, the city, and all the townspeople.
(b) Oedipus says his personal loss from the plague is worse than anyone else's.
(c) Oedipus is full of fear that he will be dethroned.
(d) Oedipus's heart is greater and therefore his sorrow is greater.

3. Does Oedipus say he's ever met Laius?
(a) No, Oedipus believes he's never met Laius.
(b) Yes, he says he's med Laius many times.
(c) He says no, but he realizes he's met Laius many times.
(d) Yes, he says he met Laius once.

4. Who does the priest suggest Oedipus listen to, in order to solve the town's problems?
(a) the gods or wise men
(b) the town elders
(c) Zeus's oracle
(d) the blind prophet

5. What does Oedipus say the killers had to have?
(a) a dictate from a god
(b) financial help from Thebes
(c) a promise of reward from Corinth
(d) a dictate from a prophet

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Oedipus' attitude toward Teiresias when he first speaks to the prophet?

2. What is Jocasta's answer, when Oedipus asks how tall and old Laius was?

3. Before Teiresias leaves, what does he say about the murderer's nationality?

4. What is Creon's relationship to Oedipus?

5. Why does the chorus think it's time for the murderer to flee?

(see the answer key)

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