Oedipus the King Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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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 fleeting and unreliable.
(b) It brings no benefits.
(c) It is a blessing and a curse.
(d) It is misunderstood, even by himself.

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

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

4. What does Creon say about Laius' companions when he was killed?
(a) They were all killed but one, who ran away.
(b) They all ran away.
(c) The king was alone.
(d) They were all killed.

5. Who does Teiresias say he was "wise enough" to?
(a) Creon
(b) Apollo
(c) Oedipus' parents
(d) the gods

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the chorus leader rebuke both Oedipus and Teiresias for?

3. Why does Oedipus feel linked to Laius?

4. Does Oedipus say he's ever met Laius?

5. What does Oedipus first say to Creon as he approaches?

(see the answer key)

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