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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Teiresias say about the murderer's eyesight?
(a) that he can see but will be blind
(b) that he can see but not the future
(c) that he can see but not himself
(d) that he can see but not the past

3. How does Teiresias respond when Oedipus says the prophet speaks in riddles?
(a) that the truth is as complex as a riddle
(b) that life is a riddle
(c) that Oedipus will wish this riddle were never solved
(d) that Oedipus is good at solving riddles

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

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

6. What does Teiresias say about the murderer's financial condition?
(a) that he is rich but not in spirit
(b) that he is rich but will be poor
(c) that he is rich with wealth but not love
(d) that he is rich but cannot buy contentment

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

8. 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

9. Where has Oedipus sent Creon?
(a) to wander the wilderness
(b) to Zeus's oracle
(c) to the kingdom of Corinth
(d) to Apollo's shrine

10. 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

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

12. What does Oedipus ask of the citizens of Thebes?
(a) He orders them to go to the shrines and give offerings to the gods.
(b) He orders them to hold a great celebration in the town.
(c) He orders them to gather together and stay in their houses.
(d) He orders them to reveal the murderer, if they know who he is.

13. 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 is only faking blindness.
(c) Teiresias did not answer the Sphinx's riddle.
(d) Teiresias's prophecies conflict with the oracle.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who does the priest ask to come as the people's savior?

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

4. What does Oedipus say he has to fear from Laius' murderer?

5. What does Teiresias believe about future events?

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