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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 reason does Teiresias give for not answering Oedipus' questions?
(a) He does not believe his own visions.
(b) He doesn't want to cause them both grief.
(c) He knows the truth, but the gods have told him not to say.
(d) He isn't sure about what he knows.

2. Who does Teiresias say he was "wise enough" to?
(a) the gods
(b) Apollo
(c) Oedipus' parents
(d) Creon

3. Who does the chorus leader say should reveal the murderer?
(a) Laius
(b) Oedipus
(c) Creon
(d) Apollo

4. Who does Oedipus accuse Teiresias of being in league with?
(a) Apollo
(b) Creon
(c) the oracle
(d) Jocasta

5. What does Creon say of the news he brings?
(a) It's good news.
(b) It's hard to interpret if it's good or bad.
(c) It's bad news.
(d) It's both good and bad news.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Teiresias believe about future events?

2. Why does Oedipus ask Creon to speak in front of the townspeople?

3. Who does the priest ask to come as the people's savior?

4. Where are the townspeople who are not gathered to speak with Oedipus?

5. What does Teiresias say about the murderer's eyesight?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What troubles have affected the people of Thebes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Oedipus wish on the murderer?

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