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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 are the townspeople who are not gathered to speak with Oedipus?
(a) in the fields, trying to cure the diseases
(b) at the gods' shrines asking for help
(c) at home, caring for the sick
(d) in their graves

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

3. Does Oedipus say he's ever met Laius?
(a) Yes, he says he's med Laius many times.
(b) Yes, he says he met Laius once.
(c) No, Oedipus believes he's never met Laius.
(d) He says no, but he realizes he's met Laius many times.

4. Why does Oedipus say his sorrow is greater than the townspeople?
(a) Oedipus's heart is greater and therefore his sorrow is greater.
(b) Oedipus has sorrow for himself, the city, and all the townspeople.
(c) Oedipus says his personal loss from the plague is worse than anyone else's.
(d) Oedipus is full of fear that he will be dethroned.

5. What does Oedipus say about the fact that Laius' death wasn't looked into before?
(a) Oedipus says he understands that the town had other problems.
(b) Oedipus says the town should have looked into the murder.
(c) Oedipus says that the town knew it was bringing tragedy upon itself.
(d) Oedipus says that the town is actively covering up the murder.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Oedipus say the killers had to have?

2. How does Oedipus react to Teiresias' unwillingness to speak?

3. What does Teiresias say about the murderer's financial condition?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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