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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does the priest point out about Oedipus overcoming the Sphinx?
(a) Oedipus had no more knowledge or instruction than the townspeople, and yet was able to solve the riddle.
(b) Oedipus was able to defeat the Sphinx because of his powerful arm and his connections to royalty.
(c) Oedipus defeated the Sphinx only out of sheer luck.
(d) Oedipus used superior training to defeat the Sphinx, and no one else had the same benefits.

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

4. What is Oedipus' initial attitude toward the crowd that has gathered?
(a) caring and helpful
(b) critical and derisive
(c) angry and annoyed
(d) overjoyed and cheerful

5. 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 want to kill the new king, too.
(d) The murderer may seek revenge on Oedipus for trying to find him.

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

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

8. Why does the chorus think it's time for the murderer to flee?
(a) The ire of the city is rising against him.
(b) Oedipus is against him.
(c) Zeus' son, Apollo, is against him.
(d) Teiresias will eventually name him.

9. At the beginning of the play, where have the townspeople gathered?
(a) in the forest
(b) at the oracle
(c) in front of the palace
(d) in a shrine

10. What does the chorus leader tell Oedipus about the murderer?
(a) that he is not the murderer and doesn't know who the murderer is
(b) that the murderer likely had nothing to do with Thebes
(c) that he suspects who the murderer is but doesn't know
(d) that he doesn't want to know who the murderer is

11. Who does Oedipus say he's seeking vengeance for?
(a) the gods and the prophets
(b) himself and the people of Thebes
(c) the land and the god Apollo
(d) Creon and Jocasta

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

13. What does Teiresias say makes him strong?
(a) the gods
(b) the truth
(c) his powers
(d) anger

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Teiresias say about the murderer's eyesight?

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

3. Where has Oedipus sent Creon?

4. Who does Teiresias say he serves?

5. How has Teiresias' pronouncement made the chorus feel?

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