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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. What does Creon say stopped the city from looking into the king's death?

2. What does Teiresias say about the murderer's financial condition?

3. What reason does Teiresias give for not answering Oedipus' questions?

4. What is Creon wearing on his head as he approaches the town?

5. What does Oedipus ask Teiresias to do, after Teiresias says Oedipus is the murderer?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Oedipus promise to do when Creon returns?

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

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

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

7. Describe what the people of Thebes have with them at the beginning of the play.

8. Explain the irony of Teiresias' blindness.

9. What troubles have affected the people of Thebes?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Oedipus's justification of choosing blindness and exile as his punishment.

1) Why does Oedipus feel the need to punish himself for his "crimes'?

2) Why does Oedipus choose the particular punishment of blindness? Why does Oedipus want to be exiled from Thebes?

3) Will Oedipus's punishment fit his crime? Is Oedipus's punishment a fair one? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Examine the nature and consequences of defying the gods in OEDIPUS THE KING.

1) How does Oedipus defy the gods? How do Laius and Jocasta defy the gods? What does the punishment seem to be for this defiance?

2) Why does Creon insist on consulting with the gods before banishing Oedipus? If the gods insist on this type of close compliance to their prophets, is there any need for a ruler as intermediary? Where is Creon's power as king, if he must defer to the gods?

3) How would the characters be best able to please the gods? What would have been the results of their actions?

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