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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Before he leaves, what does Oedipus say will happen?

2. What does Oedipus first say to Creon as he approaches?

3. What does the priest point out about Oedipus overcoming the Sphinx?

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

5. What does Oedipus accuse Creon of?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Oedipus wish on the murderer?

3. How does Jocasta react to the messenger's news?

4. What favor did Jocasta do for the person who told her about Laius' death?

5. What reason does Oedipus give for coming himself to see the crowd of people who have gathered at the beginning of the play?

6. Explain the irony of Teiresias' blindness.

7. What does Oedipus say, when he finally finds out the truth about his past and his present situation?

8. When Oedipus is questioning Creon, why does he ask Creon how long it's been since Laius was killed?

9. What does Oedipus say when he hears Creon is approaching?

10. Which of his sins does Oedipus believe is the worst?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the qualities of a leader, as illustrated in OEDIPUS THE KING.

1) What qualities does Oedipus have that make him seem like a good leader? Why do the people of Thebes choose him as a leader?

2) What qualities does Oedipus have that make him not a good leader? How do these qualities affect Oedipus's leadership?

3) What kind of a leader does Creon seem to be? Compare Creon's leadership qualities with Oedipus's.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the nature of power and leadership in the play.

1) What qualities make a good leader in the play? Who would make a better leader, Oedipus or Creon?

2) What are the benefits and drawbacks of power in the play? How do Oedipus and Creon view power?

3) How does Jocasta affect Oedipus's leadership in the play?

4) What role do the gods play in leadership? Compare the power of the gods to the power of men.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Oedipus as a tragic hero.

1) What are the qualities of a tragic hero, and how does Oedipus embody those qualities? Are there any ways in which Oedipus is not a tragic hero?

2) What is Oedipus' tragic flaw? How does it contribute to his downfall?

3) The chorus comments on how far Oedipus has fallen in the end of the play. Why is it important for a tragic hero to be a mighty person who falls to a low position? How does Oedipus fulfill this aspect of the tragic hero?

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