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

2. What is Oedipus' attitude toward Teiresias when he first speaks to the prophet?
(a) angry and ironic
(b) derisive and snide
(c) deferential and complimentary
(d) defensive and annoyed

3. 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 will be poor
(d) that he is rich but cannot buy contentment

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

5. What reason does Teiresias give for not answering Oedipus' questions?
(a) He knows the truth, but the gods have told him not to say.
(b) He isn't sure about what he knows.
(c) He doesn't want to cause them both grief.
(d) He does not believe his own visions.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who speaks for the people of Thebes as their leader?

2. Who does Oedipus say he's seeking vengeance for?

3. What does the priest say that Oedipus will be king of, if he doesn't solve the town's problems?

4. What argument does Oedipus offer that Teiresias is not really a prophet?

5. What does Oedipus say about the fact that Laius' death wasn't looked into before?

Short Essay Questions

1. What troubles have affected the people of Thebes?

2. Describe what the people of Thebes have with them at the beginning of the play.

3. How does Oedipus' attitude toward Teiresias change during their first discussion?

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

5. What is Teiresias referring to when he says Oedipus and his children will be "equals"?

6. What does Oedipus wish on the murderer?

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

8. How does Teiresias feel about having come to see Oedipus at the king's request?

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

10. Describe how the townspeople view Oedipus.

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