Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
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?
There is a saying that "ignorance is bliss." Discuss knowledge versus ignorance in the context of the play.
1) Why is Oedipus driven to seek out the truth about himself? Why isn't he afraid of what he might find?
2) Why does Jocasta not want Oedipus to find out the truth, even when she has clearly realized it herself? Could there be any benefit to the characters in continuing to live in ignorance?
3) In the end of the play, if Oedipus could go back and undo his own knowledge, do you think he would? Use evidence from the play to support your position.
Discuss free will and predestination in OEDIPUS THE KING.
1) Is Oedipus predestined to his fate, or does he have free will? Are these two ideas completely incompatible?
2) Can Oedipus be held responsible for his actions, if his fate is predestined?
3) How does predestination affect the position of a ruler? Are all the joys and woes that befall the ruler's lands predestined? What is the role of the leader, if fate is predestined?
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