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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 suggest Oedipus listen to, in order to solve the town's problems?
(a) the blind prophet
(b) the gods or wise men
(c) Zeus's oracle
(d) the town elders

2. How is the tale of Oedipus and the Sphinx treated in the town?
(a) People only remember the story in times of trouble.
(b) People still tell the story of Oedipus and the Sphinx.
(c) Oedipus constantly forces the town to hear the story again.
(d) People have already forgotten what Oedipus has done for them.

3. 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.

4. What does Creon say stopped the city from looking into the king's death?
(a) a storm that destroyed the town
(b) a war with Corinth
(c) a plague on the crops
(d) trouble with the Sphinx

5. Why does the chorus think it's time for the murderer to flee?
(a) Oedipus is against him.
(b) Zeus' son, Apollo, is against him.
(c) The ire of the city is rising against him.
(d) Teiresias will eventually name him.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who speaks for the people of Thebes as their leader?

2. Before Teiresias leaves, what does he say about the murderer's nationality?

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

4. What does Oedipus say about the fact that Laius' death wasn't looked into before?

5. What does the chorus leader think of Oedipus' curses on the murderer?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What troubles have affected the people of Thebes?

3. Why does Jocasta try to stop Oedipus from trying to find out the truth of his birth?

4. What is Oedipus's attitude toward his wife?

5. What is the chorus' attitude toward Oedipus, in his conflict with Creon?

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

7. Why is Oedipus concerned about Creon at the beginning of the play?

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

9. What prophecy does Jocasta tell Oedipus about?

10. How does Creon seem to react to Oedipus leveling charges against him?

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