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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Creon, who does a witness say killed Laius?
(a) a man with the power of a god
(b) a band of soldiers
(c) a lone traveller
(d) a gang of robbers

2. Who leads Teiresias into Oedipus' presence?
(a) a small boy
(b) Jocasta
(c) Creon
(d) the chorus leader

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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.

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

11. What does Teiresias say Oedipus doesn't know?
(a) the name of the murderer
(b) the power of prophecy
(c) the family he's come from
(d) the true wishes of the gods

12. What does Teiresias say about the murderer's financial condition?
(a) that he is rich but will be poor
(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 not in spirit

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

14. What does Creon say about Laius' companions when he was killed?
(a) They all ran away.
(b) They were all killed but one, who ran away.
(c) They were all killed.
(d) The king was alone.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Oedipus ask Creon to speak in front of the townspeople?

2. Before he leaves, what does Oedipus say will happen?

3. What does Teiresias say about the murderer's eyesight?

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

5. What does Oedipus decree that no citizen of Thebes shall do?

(see the answer keys)

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