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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Teiresias believe about future events?
(a) They can be stopped but only by Oedipus.
(b) They can be stopped by his silence.
(c) They are for the best.
(d) He cannot change them.

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

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 to show the townspeople he's not afraid.
(d) Oedipus wants the townspeople to become used to Creon's voice.

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

6. What does Oedipus wish for himself, if he unknowingly hosted the murderer at his home?
(a) to be ripped from his land and family
(b) a life of solitude and sobriety
(c) eternal damnation
(d) all the bad things he wished upon the murderer

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

8. Before Teiresias leaves, what does he say about the murderer's nationality?
(a) that he is a Corinthian
(b) that he comes from no nation
(c) that he is an Athenian
(d) that he will turn out to be a native Theban

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

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

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

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

13. Does Oedipus say he's ever met Laius?
(a) No, Oedipus believes he's never met Laius.
(b) He says no, but he realizes he's met Laius many times.
(c) Yes, he says he met Laius once.
(d) Yes, he says he's med Laius many times.

14. How does Oedipus react to Teiresias' unwillingness to speak?
(a) angrily
(b) jokingly
(c) with sorrow
(d) with fear

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Oedipus decree that no citizen of Thebes shall do?

3. What does the chorus say about human prophets?

4. At the beginning of the play, where have the townspeople gathered?

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

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