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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Scene 4.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Does the shepherd identify the messenger as someone he's met?
(a) Yes, he identifies the messenger easily.
(b) No, but it's clear he is lying and soon admits the lie.
(c) Yes, but it's clear he is lying and soon admits the lie.
(d) No, he says he doesn't remember the man at first.

3. What does Creon say Oedipus should do to get proof of Creon's innocence?
(a) speak with Teiresias again
(b) talk to the oracle at Delphi
(c) question his sister Jocasta
(d) look inside his own heart

4. Where did the old shepherd grow up?
(a) in a poor house in Thebes
(b) in a distant village
(c) in Corinth
(d) in Laius' house

5. What does the chorus say about Oedipus' possible motive for killing Laius?
(a) The chorus knows of no quarrel between the two houses.
(b) The chorus thinks Oedipus may have desired the throne.
(c) The chorus thinks Oedipus may have been angry.
(d) The chorus remembers rumors of a quarrel between the two houses.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the messenger ask the chorus when he first arrives?

2. What does Oedipus wish for himself, if he unknowingly hosted the murderer at his home?

3. Why does the priest say they've come to Oedipus?

4. What is Oedipus' initial reaction when Creon asks to explain himself?

5. What is Creon's relationship to Oedipus?

(see the answer key)

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