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. What argument does Oedipus offer that Teiresias is not really a prophet?
(a) Teiresias's prophecies conflict with the oracle.
(b) Teiresias did not answer the Sphinx's riddle.
(c) Teiresias changes his prophesies from one day to the next.
(d) Teiresias is only faking blindness.

2. What does Creon say stopped the city from looking into the king's death?
(a) a storm that destroyed the town
(b) trouble with the Sphinx
(c) a war with Corinth
(d) a plague on the crops

3. What does Oedipus say about the fact that Laius' death wasn't looked into before?
(a) Oedipus says the town should have looked into the murder.
(b) Oedipus says that the town knew it was bringing tragedy upon itself.
(c) Oedipus says that the town is actively covering up the murder.
(d) Oedipus says he understands that the town had other problems.

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

5. How is the tale of Oedipus and the Sphinx treated in the town?
(a) People have already forgotten what Oedipus has done for them.
(b) People only remember the story in times of trouble.
(c) People still tell the story of Oedipus and the Sphinx.
(d) Oedipus constantly forces the town to hear the story again.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Creon say about Laius' companions when he was killed?

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

4. Why does Oedipus ask Creon to speak in front of the townspeople?

5. Where are the townspeople who are not gathered to speak with Oedipus?

(see the answer key)

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