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

2. What does the chorus say about human prophets?
(a) Human prophets have human motivations.
(b) It's impossible to tell if human prophets have real knowledge beyond the everyday.
(c) Human prophets are the same as the gods and priests.
(d) Human prophets are always wrong.

3. What does Oedipus wish for himself, if he unknowingly hosted the murderer at his home?
(a) a life of solitude and sobriety
(b) to be ripped from his land and family
(c) eternal damnation
(d) all the bad things he wished upon the murderer

4. What does Teiresias say about the murderer's financial condition?
(a) that he is rich with wealth but not love
(b) that he is rich but will be poor
(c) that he is rich but not in spirit
(d) that he is rich but cannot buy contentment

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Oedipus first say to Creon as he approaches?

3. What does Oedipus ask Teiresias to do, after Teiresias says Oedipus is the murderer?

4. What deal does Oedipus offer the murderer if he gives himself in?

5. What does Oedipus decree that no citizen of Thebes shall do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why doesn't Oedipus listen to Teiresias?

4. What rumor does the chorus leader remind Oedipus of?

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

6. What does Oedipus wish on the murderer?

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

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

9. What reason does Teiresias give for coming to see Oedipus?

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

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