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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. Why does the priest say they've come to Oedipus?
(a) because he's the one they all blame
(b) because he's the first among men
(c) because he's got the power of wealth
(d) because he's a god to the town

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

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

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

5. What does the priest call pestilence?
(a) a thundering beast
(b) a sinister snake
(c) a fiery god
(d) a roaring lion

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Teiresias believe about future events?

2. What does Oedipus wish for himself, if he unknowingly hosted the murderer at his home?

3. What does Oedipus call the people of Thebes?

4. What is Oedipus' attitude toward Teiresias when he first speaks to the prophet?

5. Does Oedipus say he's ever met Laius?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the message that Creon brings from the oracle.

2. Explain the irony of Teiresias' blindness.

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

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

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

6. What does the priest appeal to in asking Oedipus to save the city?

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

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

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

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

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