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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 offering sacrifices to all the gods.
(c) He's been carefully questioning all the townspeople who could help.
(d) He's been paralyzed by the horror that's come on the town.

2. Who does Teiresias say he was "wise enough" to?
(a) Apollo
(b) Creon
(c) Oedipus' parents
(d) the gods

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

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

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

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

7. 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 that the town knew it was bringing tragedy upon itself.
(d) Oedipus says he understands that the town had other problems.

8. Who does the priest say has gathered?
(a) townspeople from the very young to the very old
(b) everyone but those ill from disease
(c) all the young and hearty townspeople
(d) all the sick and elderly townspeople

9. What course of action does the chorus leader suggest Oedipus should take?
(a) look inside his own palace
(b) search every house in the city
(c) consult the prophet Teiresias
(d) send another emissary to Delphi

10. What is Creon's relationship to Oedipus?
(a) no relation
(b) father-in-law
(c) brother
(d) brother-in-law

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

12. At the end of the scene, what does Oedipus ask the people to stand up and take?
(a) the news to the outlying farms
(b) arms
(c) their suppliant branches
(d) pity on him in his misery

13. What does Teiresias answer when Oedipus asks the identity of his father?
(a) That Oedipus has two fathers.
(b) That it will be revealed today and destroy Oedipus.
(c) That Oedipus will be better off not knowing.
(d) That Oedipus truly knows who his father is.

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

15. 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 the people have what they've come for.
(c) He says the people will never get salvation.
(d) He says Oedipus is not the one to help.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Creon wearing on his head as he approaches the town?

2. What does the chorus leader think of Oedipus' curses on the murderer?

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

4. Who does the chorus leader say should reveal the murderer?

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

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