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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Oedipus say about the fact that Laius' death wasn't looked into before?
(a) Oedipus says that the town is actively covering up the murder.
(b) Oedipus says he understands that the town had other problems.
(c) Oedipus says the town should have looked into the murder.
(d) Oedipus says that the town knew it was bringing tragedy upon itself.

4. What does Oedipus decree that no citizen of Thebes shall do?
(a) leave the town until the murderer is found
(b) shelter, talk, or consort with the murderer
(c) talk or gossip about the murder
(d) pray to any god but Apollo until the murderer is found

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

6. What is Oedipus' attitude toward Teiresias when he first speaks to the prophet?
(a) angry and ironic
(b) derisive and snide
(c) deferential and complimentary
(d) defensive and annoyed

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

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

9. According to Creon, who does a witness say killed Laius?
(a) a gang of robbers
(b) a man with the power of a god
(c) a band of soldiers
(d) a lone traveller

10. 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 been ignored in favor of Creon.
(d) He says the people have what they've come for.

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

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

13. How does Creon's face look as he approaches?
(a) sad
(b) happy
(c) angry
(d) nonexpressive

14. 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 he suspects who the murderer is but doesn't know
(c) that he doesn't want to know who the murderer is
(d) that the murderer likely had nothing to do with Thebes

15. What does Oedipus ask Teiresias to do, after Teiresias says Oedipus is the murderer?
(a) leave Thebes immediately
(b) fight him
(c) fall on his knees and pray
(d) repeat what he's said

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Creon say about the god's call to avenge Laius' death now?

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

3. Who does the priest suggest Oedipus listen to, in order to solve the town's problems?

4. Who speaks for the people of Thebes as their leader?

5. What does the chorus say about human prophets?

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