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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the chorus leader tell Oedipus about the murderer?
(a) that the murderer likely had nothing to do with Thebes
(b) that he is not the murderer and doesn't know who the murderer is
(c) that he doesn't want to know who the murderer is
(d) that he suspects who the murderer is but doesn't know

2. What does Oedipus call the people of Thebes?
(a) his children
(b) the gods' children
(c) his creations
(d) the gods' creations

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

4. Who does Teiresias say he serves?
(a) Zeus
(b) Creon
(c) Oedipus
(d) Apollo

5. What is Oedipus' initial attitude toward the crowd that has gathered?
(a) critical and derisive
(b) caring and helpful
(c) overjoyed and cheerful
(d) angry and annoyed

6. Why does Oedipus say he's not punishing Teiresias?
(a) because of Teiresias' age
(b) because he believes Teiresias is Creon's pawn
(c) because clearly no one will believe Teiresias
(d) because of Teiresias's stature in the community

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

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

9. What does Creon say about the god's call to avenge Laius' death now?
(a) He says it is too late for revenge.
(b) He says it is fitting.
(c) He says it will be an easy task.
(d) He says the gods have asked the impossible.

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

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

12. What does the chorus say about Oedipus' possible motive for killing Laius?
(a) The chorus knows of no quarrel between the two houses.
(b) The chorus thinks Oedipus may have been angry.
(c) The chorus thinks Oedipus may have desired the throne.
(d) The chorus remembers rumors of a quarrel between the two houses.

13. 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 doesn't want to cause them both grief.
(d) He does not believe his own visions.

14. What does Oedipus ask Teiresias to do, after Teiresias says Oedipus is the murderer?
(a) fall on his knees and pray
(b) leave Thebes immediately
(c) repeat what he's said
(d) fight him

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the priest point out about Oedipus overcoming the Sphinx?

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

3. What does Teiresias answer when Oedipus asks the identity of his father?

4. How does Creon's face look as he approaches?

5. Who does Teiresias accuse as the murderer?

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