Oedipus the King Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Scene 2.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Teiresias say about his own wisdom, after Oedipus questions him about Laius' murderer?
(a) It is misunderstood, even by himself.
(b) It is fleeting and unreliable.
(c) It is a blessing and a curse.
(d) It brings no benefits.

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 is full of fear that he will be dethroned.
(c) Oedipus's heart is greater and therefore his sorrow is greater.
(d) Oedipus says his personal loss from the plague is worse than anyone else's.

3. Where does Creon say Laius was when he was killed?
(a) in the palace
(b) on the way to visit a nearby shepherd
(c) on the road to Delphi
(d) on an ocean voyage

4. What does the chorus say about human prophets?
(a) It's impossible to tell if human prophets have real knowledge beyond the everyday.
(b) Human prophets have human motivations.
(c) Human prophets are the same as the gods and priests.
(d) Human prophets are always wrong.

5. How does Teiresias respond when Oedipus says the prophet speaks in riddles?
(a) that the truth is as complex as a riddle
(b) that Oedipus is good at solving riddles
(c) that life is a riddle
(d) that Oedipus will wish this riddle were never solved

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the priest tell the people that they can leave at the end of the scene?

2. What does Oedipus say about the fact that Laius' death wasn't looked into before?

3. Who does Oedipus say he's seeking vengeance for?

4. Who does Oedipus accuse Teiresias of being in league with?

5. Who does the priest ask to come as the people's savior?

(see the answer key)

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