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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Oedipus react to Teiresias' unwillingness to speak?
(a) with sorrow
(b) with fear
(c) angrily
(d) jokingly

3. Why does Oedipus ask Creon to speak in front of the townspeople?
(a) Oedipus wants to show Creon that he's not afraid.
(b) Oedipus wants to show the townspeople he's not afraid.
(c) Oedipus wants the townspeople to become used to Creon's voice.
(d) Oedipus feels more for the townspeople than for his own life.

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

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

6. Before Teiresias leaves, what does he say about the murderer's nationality?
(a) that he will turn out to be a native Theban
(b) that he comes from no nation
(c) that he is a Corinthian
(d) that he is an Athenian

7. What does Oedipus ask of the citizens of Thebes?
(a) He orders them to hold a great celebration in the town.
(b) He orders them to go to the shrines and give offerings to the gods.
(c) He orders them to gather together and stay in their houses.
(d) He orders them to reveal the murderer, if they know who he is.

8. What deal does Oedipus offer the murderer if he gives himself in?
(a) Oedipus offers the murderer his choice of death or banishment.
(b) Oedipus offers to limit the murderer's banishment.
(c) Oedipus offers the murderer a place in Corinth in exchange for banishment from Thebes.
(d) Oedipus offers to banish the murderer instead of killing him.

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

10. 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 gang of robbers
(d) a lone traveller

11. What does Oedipus say he's been doing in his sorrow?
(a) He's been paralyzed by the horror that's come on the town.
(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 thinking about possible paths to a solution.

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

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

14. What does the priest point out about Oedipus overcoming the Sphinx?
(a) Oedipus was able to defeat the Sphinx because of his powerful arm and his connections to royalty.
(b) Oedipus used superior training to defeat the Sphinx, and no one else had the same benefits.
(c) Oedipus had no more knowledge or instruction than the townspeople, and yet was able to solve the riddle.
(d) Oedipus defeated the Sphinx only out of sheer luck.

15. At the beginning of the play, where have the townspeople gathered?
(a) in the forest
(b) at the oracle
(c) in a shrine
(d) in front of the palace

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Oedipus say the killers had to have?

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

3. How does Teiresias respond when Oedipus says the prophet speaks in riddles?

4. What does Teiresias say makes him strong?

5. What does Teiresias say about the murderer's financial condition?

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