Oedipus the King Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 role of women in the play.

1) What is Jocasta's role as queen? How do the people seem to treat Jocasta?

2) Creon says that Jocasta and Oedipus rule as equals. Is this true? How does Oedipus treat Jocasta?

2) Why does Oedipus fear for his daughters more than his sons at the end of the play? What does this say about the treatment of men and women in the society?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the timeline of Oedipus' story.

1) Why does Oedipus' story begin years after Oedipus killed his father?

2) How does the audience gain information about Oedipus's past?

3) What is the importance of the past events in Oedipus' life: the prophecy given to him, leaving his parents, meeting the stranger on the road, and defeating the Sphinx? Are any of the events in the play comparable in importance to the past events in Oedipus' life?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the function of the chorus in the play.

1) Who does the chorus represent? What is their attitude toward Oedipus and the events that unfold?

2) How is the chorus similar to the play's audience? How is the chorus different form the audience?

3) Is the chorus always "right"? Do they reflect the attitude of the author?

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