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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. Where does Creon say the murderer of Lauis is?
(a) hiding in the countryside
(b) in Corinth
(c) in Thebes
(d) on the nearby mountain

2. Who does the priest suggest Oedipus listen to, in order to solve the town's problems?
(a) the gods or wise men
(b) the blind prophet
(c) the town elders
(d) Zeus's oracle

3. What does the priest say that Oedipus will be king of, if he doesn't solve the town's problems?
(a) a forest
(b) a desert
(c) an ocean
(d) a mountain

4. What does Oedipus first say to Creon as he approaches?
(a) He asks why Creon is so late.
(b) He asks why Creon looks so strange.
(c) He asks who Creon has spoken to.
(d) He asks what message the gods sent.

5. What does Creon say has caused the disasters to the town?
(a) a slight to the gods
(b) an unavenged murder
(c) an unfulfilled prophecy
(d) a fight between protecting gods

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Oedipus call the people of Thebes?

2. At the beginning of the play, where have the townspeople gathered?

3. What does Oedipus accuse Creon of?

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

5. What does Oedipus say he has to fear from Laius' murderer?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What troubles have affected the people of Thebes?

4. Explain the irony of Teiresias' blindness.

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

6. Why doesn't Oedipus listen to Teiresias?

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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