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

2. What does Oedipus ask of the citizens of Thebes?
(a) He orders them to hold a great celebration in the town.
(b) He orders them to gather together and stay in their houses.
(c) He orders them to go to the shrines and give offerings to the gods.
(d) He orders them to reveal the murderer, if they know who he is.

3. What course of action does the chorus leader suggest Oedipus should take?
(a) consult the prophet Teiresias
(b) send another emissary to Delphi
(c) search every house in the city
(d) look inside his own palace

4. What does the chorus say about Oedipus' possible motive for killing Laius?
(a) The chorus remembers rumors of a quarrel between the two houses.
(b) The chorus thinks Oedipus may have desired the throne.
(c) The chorus thinks Oedipus may have been angry.
(d) The chorus knows of no quarrel between the two houses.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who leads Teiresias into Oedipus' presence?

2. Where does Creon say Laius was when he was killed?

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

4. Why does the priest tell the people that they can leave at the end of the scene?

5. What does the chorus say about human prophets?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What troubles have affected the people of Thebes?

6. Why doesn't Creon immediately tell Oedipus his news?

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

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

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

10. What is the attitude of the townspeople when they speak to Oedipus?

(see the answer keys)

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