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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Creon's relationship to Oedipus?
(a) father-in-law
(b) brother-in-law
(c) brother
(d) no relation

2. What does the chorus leader rebuke both Oedipus and Teiresias for?
(a) being angry and quarrelling instead of finding the murderer
(b) not talking with Creon
(c) not talking with Jocasta
(d) not listening to each other and talking at cross purposes

3. 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 will wish this riddle were never solved
(c) that life is a riddle
(d) that Oedipus is good at solving riddles

4. Why does Oedipus ask Creon to speak in front of the townspeople?
(a) Oedipus wants to show Creon that he's not afraid.
(b) Oedipus feels more for the townspeople than for his own life.
(c) Oedipus wants the townspeople to become used to Creon's voice.
(d) Oedipus wants to show the townspeople he's not afraid.

5. Why does Oedipus say he's not punishing Teiresias?
(a) because clearly no one will believe Teiresias
(b) because of Teiresias's stature in the community
(c) because of Teiresias' age
(d) because he believes Teiresias is Creon's pawn

6. What does Oedipus call the people of Thebes?
(a) his creations
(b) his children
(c) the gods' children
(d) the gods' creations

7. Why does the priest tell the people that they can leave at the end of the scene?
(a) He says the people have what they've come for.
(b) He says the people have been ignored in favor of Creon.
(c) He says the people will never get salvation.
(d) He says Oedipus is not the one to help.

8. Where are the townspeople who are not gathered to speak with Oedipus?
(a) in their graves
(b) at the gods' shrines asking for help
(c) at home, caring for the sick
(d) in the fields, trying to cure the diseases

9. What does Oedipus say he has to fear from Laius' murderer?
(a) The murderer may want to kill the queen, Laius's wife.
(b) The murderer may flee quietly and leave the town to suffer the gods' wrath.
(c) The murderer may seek revenge on Oedipus for trying to find him.
(d) The murderer may want to kill the new king, too.

10. What does the chorus leader think of Oedipus' curses on the murderer?
(a) that the murderer will make fun of them
(b) that the murderer will take them seriously
(c) that the murderer will laugh at them
(d) that the murderer will ignore them

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

12. Who leads Teiresias into Oedipus' presence?
(a) Creon
(b) the chorus leader
(c) Jocasta
(d) a small boy

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

14. What does the priest say that Oedipus will be king of, if he doesn't solve the town's problems?
(a) a forest
(b) a mountain
(c) a desert
(d) an ocean

15. Who does Teiresias accuse as the murderer?
(a) Creon
(b) Oedipus
(c) himself
(d) Jocasta

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Creon say of the news he brings?

2. Before Teiresias leaves, what does he say about the murderer's nationality?

3. At the end of the scene, what does Oedipus ask the people to stand up and take?

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

5. What is Oedipus' attitude toward Teiresias when he first speaks to the prophet?

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