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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When Jocasta begs him to stop his investigation and runs off, how does Oedipus say he feels about potentially discovering something bad about his natural parents?
(a) Oedipus believes that his natural family will turn out to be even better than his adopted one.
(b) Oedipus is afraid that if he finds out his true heritage, the people may not want him as king.
(c) Oedipus is not concerned and wants to know his true origin.
(d) Oedipus is afraid that he will find out that the prophecy is already fulfilled.

2. Who does the messenger say gave him the infant Oedipus?
(a) one of Laius' soldiers
(b) an old man he cannot identify
(c) Jocasta's young maid
(d) one of Laius' shepherds

3. Who is with the approaching shepherd?
(a) no one
(b) a priest of Apollo
(c) servants of Oedipus
(d) Teiresias

4. What simile does Jocasta use to describe the people of Thebes?
(a) like people on a ship who see the helmsman is afraid
(b) like people in a carriage who see the driver terrified
(c) like children who see their father's fear
(d) like soldiers who see their commander slain

5. What does Jocasta question the chorus about, after Creon leaves?
(a) what happened between Oedipus and Creon
(b) the state of the farms and the townspeople
(c) the progress toward finding Laius's murderer
(d) the interview between Oedipus and Teiresias

6. What is Jocasta's answer, when Oedipus asks how tall and old Laius was?
(a) Laius was small with a gray beard.
(b) Laius was old and bent, but tall.
(c) Laius was big and had white hair.
(d) Laius was skinny and tall and young-looking.

7. Does the chorus leader recognize the approaching shepherd?
(a) Yes, he identifies the old man of a servant of Laius.
(b) Not at first, but then the old man begins to look familiar.
(c) No, he has never seen the old man.
(d) Yes, but he can't remember who the old man was.

8. What does the old shepherd fear will happen to him if he tells the truth?
(a) He'll die.
(b) He'll be outcast among the people.
(c) He'll be cursed by Apollo.
(d) He'll be cast from the kingdom.

9. What was Oedipus' response to the information he got from the oracle at Delphi, when he asked about his parentage?
(a) Oedipus asked the oracle for more clarity.
(b) Oedipus confined himself to a room in his father's palace.
(c) Oedipus ran away from Corinth.
(d) Oedipus went to ask his parents about it.

10. What is Oedipus' initial reaction when Creon asks to explain himself?
(a) Oedipus says that he'll listen, and he hopes he can trust Creon.
(b) Oedipus refuses to listen to anything Creon has to say.
(c) Oedipus says he'll listen, but he's afraid of Creon's smooth tongue.
(d) Oedipus is eager to hear Creon's explanation.

11. What does Oedipus do when the messenger questions him about the prophecy that drove Oedipus away from his parents?
(a) Oedipus tells the messenger he has no wish to repeat the prophecy, or think about it.
(b) Oedipus tells the messenger he has no right to know the prophecy.
(c) Oedipus tells the messenger to ask the prophet about it.
(d) Oedipus tells the messenger the prophecy.

12. What children did Polybus have before Oedipus?
(a) a son who died
(b) a son who was stolen away
(c) a daughter who died
(d) none

13. Does the shepherd identify the messenger as someone he's met?
(a) Yes, he identifies the messenger easily.
(b) No, he says he doesn't remember the man at first.
(c) Yes, but it's clear he is lying and soon admits the lie.
(d) No, but it's clear he is lying and soon admits the lie.

14. What nationality does Oedipus say the mother who raised him was?
(a) Macedonian
(b) Ionian
(c) Aeolian
(d) Dorain

15. Who does the shepherd say gave him the infant child?
(a) Jocasta's maid
(b) Laius
(c) Jocasta
(d) Laius's servant

Short Answer Questions

1. What sentence does Oedipus want to give to Creon for his crime?

2. What does Creon accuse Oedipus of?

3. Why does the messenger tell Oedipus he is not Polybus' son?

4. How does Oedipus react to the chorus' pleas?

5. What does Creon say his current position brings?

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