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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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 that the town knew it was bringing tragedy upon itself.
(c) Oedipus says the town should have looked into the murder.
(d) Oedipus says he understands that the town had other problems.

7. Who does Teiresias accuse as the murderer?
(a) Jocasta
(b) Oedipus
(c) Creon
(d) himself

8. What does Creon say about the god's call to avenge Laius' death now?
(a) He says the gods have asked the impossible.
(b) He says it is fitting.
(c) He says it is too late for revenge.
(d) He says it will be an easy task.

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

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

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

12. What does Creon say has caused the disasters to the town?
(a) a slight to the gods
(b) an unavenged murder
(c) an unfulfilled prophecy
(d) a fight between protecting gods

13. Why does Oedipus ask Creon to speak in front of the townspeople?
(a) Oedipus wants to show the townspeople he's not afraid.
(b) Oedipus wants the townspeople to become used to Creon's voice.
(c) Oedipus feels more for the townspeople than for his own life.
(d) Oedipus wants to show Creon that he's not afraid.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Creon say about Laius' companions when he was killed?

2. What argument does Oedipus offer that Teiresias is not really a prophet?

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

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

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

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