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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. At the beginning of the play, where have the townspeople gathered?
(a) at the oracle
(b) in front of the palace
(c) in a shrine
(d) in the forest

2. How does Teiresias respond when Oedipus says the prophet speaks in riddles?
(a) that Oedipus is good at solving riddles
(b) that Oedipus will wish this riddle were never solved
(c) that life is a riddle
(d) that the truth is as complex as a riddle

3. How does Oedipus react to Teiresias' unwillingness to speak?
(a) with sorrow
(b) angrily
(c) with fear
(d) jokingly

4. What does Oedipus call the people of Thebes?
(a) his creations
(b) the gods' creations
(c) the gods' children
(d) his children

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who does Teiresias say he was "wise enough" to?

3. Why does the chorus think it's time for the murderer to flee?

4. What does Creon say about Laius' companions when he was killed?

5. Who does Teiresias say he serves?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Oedipus wish on the murderer?

4. Describe how the townspeople view Oedipus.

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

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

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

8. Explain the irony of Teiresias' blindness.

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

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

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