Oedipus the King Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Teiresias say about the murderer's financial condition?
(a) that he is rich with wealth but not love
(b) that he is rich but cannot buy contentment
(c) that he is rich but not in spirit
(d) that he is rich but will be poor

3. What does Oedipus ask of the citizens of Thebes?
(a) He orders them to reveal the murderer, if they know who he is.
(b) He orders them to gather together and stay in their houses.
(c) He orders them to hold a great celebration in the town.
(d) He orders them to go to the shrines and give offerings to the gods.

4. What is Oedipus' attitude toward Teiresias when he first speaks to the prophet?
(a) angry and ironic
(b) deferential and complimentary
(c) defensive and annoyed
(d) derisive and snide

5. Where does Creon say the murderer of Lauis is?
(a) in Thebes
(b) hiding in the countryside
(c) in Corinth
(d) on the nearby mountain

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Oedipus say he's been doing in his sorrow?

2. What does the chorus say about Oedipus' possible motive for killing Laius?

3. At the beginning of the play, where have the townspeople gathered?

4. What does Creon say stopped the city from looking into the king's death?

5. What is Creon's relationship to Oedipus?

(see the answer key)

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