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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Does Oedipus say he's ever met Laius?
(a) Yes, he says he's med Laius many times.
(b) He says no, but he realizes he's met Laius many times.
(c) No, Oedipus believes he's never met Laius.
(d) Yes, he says he met Laius once.

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

3. Where has Oedipus sent Creon?
(a) to wander the wilderness
(b) to Apollo's shrine
(c) to Zeus's oracle
(d) to the kingdom of Corinth

4. Who speaks for the people of Thebes as their leader?
(a) the priest of Zeus
(b) the parliamentary leader
(c) the prophet of Hera
(d) the oracle

5. What does Creon say of the news he brings?
(a) It's both good and bad news.
(b) It's hard to interpret if it's good or bad.
(c) It's bad news.
(d) It's good news.

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

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

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

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

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

11. Who does Oedipus accuse Teiresias of being in league with?
(a) the oracle
(b) Apollo
(c) Jocasta
(d) Creon

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

13. 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 isn't sure about what he knows.
(d) He doesn't want to cause them both grief.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Teiresias say about his own wisdom, after Oedipus questions him about Laius' murderer?

3. Why does Oedipus say his sorrow is greater than the townspeople?

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

5. What does the chorus say about human prophets?

(see the answer keys)

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