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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Oedipus say he's been doing in his sorrow?
(a) He's been offering sacrifices to all the gods.
(b) He's been thinking about possible paths to a solution.
(c) He's been paralyzed by the horror that's come on the town.
(d) He's been carefully questioning all the townspeople who could help.

3. 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 defeated the Sphinx only out of sheer luck.
(d) Oedipus had no more knowledge or instruction than the townspeople, and yet was able to solve the riddle.

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

5. Who does Teiresias accuse as the murderer?
(a) Jocasta
(b) Creon
(c) Oedipus
(d) himself

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Teiresias answer when Oedipus asks the identity of his father?

3. Where are the townspeople who are not gathered to speak with Oedipus?

4. Why does Oedipus ask Creon to speak in front of the townspeople?

5. Why does the priest say they've come to Oedipus?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Oedipus respond to the townspeople's pleas for help?

2. Explain the irony of Teiresias' blindness.

3. What reason does Oedipus give for coming himself to see the crowd of people who have gathered at the beginning of the play?

4. Why are the people of Thebes reluctant to think Oedipus guilty of a crime?

5. Describe Oedipus's attitude toward Creon when Creon returns.

6. What does Oedipus promise to do when Creon returns?

7. What does Oedipus accuse Teiresias of, that finally forces the prophet's tongue?

8. What does Oedipus wish for any townspeople who don't obey his orders?

9. Why does Oedipus offer a deal to the murderer and set rules for the people of Thebes?

10. Why is Oedipus concerned about Creon at the beginning of the play?

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