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Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Before he leaves, what does Oedipus say will happen?
(a) The whole town, and Oedipus himself, will definitely be ruined.
(b) The murderer will definitely be caught and punished.
(c) The gods will decide the outcome, and the murderer's fate is in their hands.
(d) Either the murderer will be caught and punished, or else they will all be ruined.

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

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

4. Who does the priest ask to come as the people's savior?
(a) Creon
(b) Laius
(c) Oedipus
(d) Phoebus

5. What does Oedipus accuse Creon of?
(a) setting the Sphinx upon Thebes
(b) trying to overthrow him for the sake of power and riches
(c) killing Laius and causing the plagues
(d) wanting to marry Jocasta himself

6. 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.

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

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

9. Who does the chorus leader say should reveal the murderer?
(a) Oedipus
(b) Laius
(c) Apollo
(d) Creon

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

11. 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 flee quietly and leave the town to suffer the gods' wrath.
(c) The murderer may want to kill the queen, Laius's wife.
(d) The murderer may want to kill the new king, too.

12. Why does the priest say they've come to Oedipus?
(a) because he's a god to the town
(b) because he's the one they all blame
(c) because he's the first among men
(d) because he's got the power of wealth

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

14. What deal does Oedipus offer the murderer if he gives himself in?
(a) Oedipus offers to limit the murderer's banishment.
(b) Oedipus offers to banish the murderer instead of killing him.
(c) Oedipus offers the murderer a place in Corinth in exchange for banishment from Thebes.
(d) Oedipus offers the murderer his choice of death or banishment.

15. What does Oedipus say the killers had to have?
(a) a dictate from a god
(b) a promise of reward from Corinth
(c) financial help from Thebes
(d) a dictate from a prophet

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Oedipus say his sorrow is greater than the townspeople?



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



3. What does the chorus leader rebuke both Oedipus and Teiresias for?



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



5. What does Oedipus call the people of Thebes?



(see the answer keys)

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