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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 serves?
(a) Oedipus
(b) Zeus
(c) Creon
(d) Apollo

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

3. What does the chorus say about human prophets?
(a) Human prophets have human motivations.
(b) It's impossible to tell if human prophets have real knowledge beyond the everyday.
(c) Human prophets are the same as the gods and priests.
(d) Human prophets are always wrong.

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

5. How has Teiresias' pronouncement made the chorus feel?
(a) angry
(b) sorrowful
(c) fearful
(d) irritated

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

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

8. Who does Oedipus say he's seeking vengeance for?
(a) the land and the god Apollo
(b) Creon and Jocasta
(c) the gods and the prophets
(d) himself and the people of Thebes

9. 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) pray to any god but Apollo until the murderer is found
(d) talk or gossip about the murder

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

11. Where does Creon say the murderer of Lauis is?
(a) on the nearby mountain
(b) in Thebes
(c) hiding in the countryside
(d) in Corinth

12. What does the priest call pestilence?
(a) a fiery god
(b) a roaring lion
(c) a sinister snake
(d) a thundering beast

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

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

15. What does the chorus leader rebuke both Oedipus and Teiresias for?
(a) not talking with Jocasta
(b) not talking with Creon
(c) not listening to each other and talking at cross purposes
(d) being angry and quarrelling instead of finding the murderer

Short Answer Questions

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

2. At the end of the scene, what does Oedipus ask the people to stand up and take?

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

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

5. Why does Oedipus say he's not punishing Teiresias?

(see the answer keys)

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