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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What reason does Teiresias give for not answering Oedipus' questions?
(a) He isn't sure about what he knows.
(b) He does not believe his own visions.
(c) He knows the truth, but the gods have told him not to say.
(d) He doesn't want to cause them both grief.

2. What does Teiresias answer when Oedipus asks the identity of his father?
(a) That Oedipus has two fathers.
(b) That Oedipus will be better off not knowing.
(c) That it will be revealed today and destroy Oedipus.
(d) That Oedipus truly knows who his father is.

3. What does Oedipus say the killers had to have?
(a) a dictate from a prophet
(b) financial help from Thebes
(c) a dictate from a god
(d) a promise of reward from Corinth

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

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

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

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

8. What does Oedipus first say to Creon as he approaches?
(a) He asks why Creon is so late.
(b) He asks what message the gods sent.
(c) He asks why Creon looks so strange.
(d) He asks who Creon has spoken to.

9. What does the priest call pestilence?
(a) a sinister snake
(b) a roaring lion
(c) a thundering beast
(d) a fiery god

10. What does Creon say of the news he brings?
(a) It's bad news.
(b) It's good news.
(c) It's both good and bad news.
(d) It's hard to interpret if it's good or bad.

11. What does Oedipus accuse Creon of?
(a) killing Laius and causing the plagues
(b) wanting to marry Jocasta himself
(c) trying to overthrow him for the sake of power and riches
(d) setting the Sphinx upon Thebes

12. What does the chorus say about human prophets?
(a) It's impossible to tell if human prophets have real knowledge beyond the everyday.
(b) Human prophets have human motivations.
(c) Human prophets are the same as the gods and priests.
(d) Human prophets are always wrong.

13. Who does Teiresias say he serves?
(a) Oedipus
(b) Zeus
(c) Creon
(d) Apollo

14. Who does the priest suggest Oedipus listen to, in order to solve the town's problems?
(a) the gods or wise men
(b) the town elders
(c) Zeus's oracle
(d) the blind prophet

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Oedipus ask Teiresias to do, after Teiresias says Oedipus is the murderer?

2. According to Creon, who does a witness say killed Laius?

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

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

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

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