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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 will never get salvation.
(d) He says the people have what they've come for.

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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 cannot buy contentment
(c) that he is rich with wealth but not love
(d) that he is rich but will be poor

8. Before Teiresias leaves, what does he say about the murderer's nationality?
(a) that he is a Corinthian
(b) that he is an Athenian
(c) that he comes from no nation
(d) that he will turn out to be a native Theban

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

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

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

12. 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 have human motivations.
(d) Human prophets are always wrong.

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

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

15. What does Oedipus say he's been doing in his sorrow?
(a) He's been carefully questioning all the townspeople who could help.
(b) He's been offering sacrifices to all the gods.
(c) He's been thinking about possible paths to a solution.
(d) He's been paralyzed by the horror that's come on the town.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Creon say has caused the disasters to the town?

2. Does Oedipus say he's ever met Laius?

3. What does Teiresias say Oedipus doesn't know?

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

5. What course of action does the chorus leader suggest Oedipus should take?

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