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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How is the tale of Oedipus and the Sphinx treated in the town?
(a) People still tell the story of Oedipus and the Sphinx.
(b) People only remember the story in times of trouble.
(c) Oedipus constantly forces the town to hear the story again.
(d) People have already forgotten what Oedipus has done for them.

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 does Teiresias say about his own wisdom, after Oedipus questions him about Laius' murderer?
(a) It is a blessing and a curse.
(b) It is fleeting and unreliable.
(c) It brings no benefits.
(d) It is misunderstood, even by himself.

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

6. Where are the townspeople who are not gathered to speak with Oedipus?
(a) at the gods' shrines asking for help
(b) at home, caring for the sick
(c) in the fields, trying to cure the diseases
(d) in their graves

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

8. Where does Creon say Laius was when he was killed?
(a) on the road to Delphi
(b) on an ocean voyage
(c) in the palace
(d) on the way to visit a nearby shepherd

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. What does Teiresias say about the murderer's financial condition?
(a) that he is rich but not in spirit
(b) that he is rich with wealth but not love
(c) that he is rich but cannot buy contentment
(d) that he is rich but will be poor

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Oedipus ask of the citizens of Thebes?

3. According to Creon, who does a witness say killed Laius?

4. What is Oedipus' attitude toward Teiresias when he first speaks to the prophet?

5. Who does Teiresias say he serves?

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