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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. Before he leaves, what does Oedipus say will happen?
(a) Either the murderer will be caught and punished, or else they will all be ruined.
(b) The gods will decide the outcome, and the murderer's fate is in their hands.
(c) The murderer will definitely be caught and punished.
(d) The whole town, and Oedipus himself, will definitely be ruined.
2. At the end of the scene, what does Oedipus ask the people to stand up and take?
(a) their suppliant branches
(b) pity on him in his misery
(c) the news to the outlying farms
3. What does the priest say that Oedipus will be king of, if he doesn't solve the town's problems?
(a) a mountain
(b) a desert
(c) a forest
(d) an ocean
4. How does Oedipus react to Teiresias' unwillingness to speak?
(a) with sorrow
(b) with fear
5. Who does Oedipus say he's seeking vengeance for?
(a) Creon and Jocasta
(b) the gods and the prophets
(c) the land and the god Apollo
(d) himself and the people of Thebes
Short Answer Questions
1. Does Oedipus say he's ever met Laius?
2. What does Oedipus say the killers had to have?
3. What does Teiresias say about the murderer's eyesight?
4. What is Creon's relationship to Oedipus?
5. What reason does Teiresias give for not answering Oedipus' questions?
Short Essay Questions
1. What troubles have affected the people of Thebes?
2. What does Oedipus accuse Teiresias of, that finally forces the prophet's tongue?
3. What does the priest appeal to in asking Oedipus to save the city?
4. Why is Oedipus concerned about Creon at the beginning of the play?
5. How does Oedipus' attitude toward Teiresias change during their first discussion?
6. Describe how the townspeople view Oedipus.
7. Why does Oedipus offer a deal to the murderer and set rules for the people of Thebes?
8. What is Teiresias referring to when he says Oedipus and his children will be "equals"?
9. What reason does Oedipus give for coming himself to see the crowd of people who have gathered at the beginning of the play?
10. Explain the irony of Teiresias' blindness.
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