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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 are the same as the gods and priests.
(c) Human prophets are always wrong.
(d) Human prophets have human motivations.

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

4. Who speaks for the people of Thebes as their leader?
(a) the priest of Zeus
(b) the prophet of Hera
(c) the oracle
(d) the parliamentary leader

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

6. What is Creon wearing on his head as he approaches the town?
(a) a hood
(b) a chain of daisies
(c) a laurel wreath
(d) a crown

7. Why does Oedipus feel linked to Laius?
(a) He is now married to Laius' wife.
(b) He feels drawn to the memory of Laius.
(c) He says the prophets have linked him to Laius.
(d) He feels bound to Laius by the Sphinx's riddle.

8. Why does the priest tell the people that they can leave at the end of the scene?
(a) He says the people have been ignored in favor of Creon.
(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 will never get salvation.

9. What does Creon say stopped the city from looking into the king's death?
(a) a plague on the crops
(b) trouble with the Sphinx
(c) a storm that destroyed the town
(d) a war with Corinth

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

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

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

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

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

15. 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 defeated the Sphinx only out of sheer luck.
(c) Oedipus used superior training to defeat the Sphinx, and no one else had the same benefits.
(d) Oedipus was able to defeat the Sphinx because of his powerful arm and his connections to royalty.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Teiresias say about his own wisdom, after Oedipus questions him about Laius' murderer?

2. Who does Oedipus say he's seeking vengeance for?

3. What does the chorus say about Oedipus' possible motive for killing Laius?

4. How does Creon's face look as he approaches?

5. Why does the chorus think it's time for the murderer to flee?

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