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 prophecy in OEDIPUS THE KING.
1) What is the reasons gods provide prophecies in OEDIPUS THE KING? If the characters know their futures, why aren't they better able to change them?
2) How do prophecies fulfill themselves in OEDIPUS THE KING? Are prophecies escapable?
3) How is the prophecy Laius receives different from the prophecy Oedipus receives? Why are these prophecies different?
Discuss Oedipus' temper and his tendency to anger.
1) What types of things cause Oedipus anger? What instigates Oedipus's anger with Teiresias? Creon? Laius?
2) How does Oedipus' temper affect his ability to lead Thebes? Does Oedipus get angry for his own sake or for the sake of Thebes?
3) What is the root of Oedipus' anger? Is Oedipus angry about the things he says he is, or is there a deeper reason for Oedipus' anger?
Discuss love and family relationships in the play.
1) Discuss Oedipus' love for his children. Why does this love only come out at the end of the play?
2) Discuss Oedipus' love for Jocasta in this play. Is this love in any way caused by their biological relationship?
3) Discuss Oedipus' love for Thebes. Does Oedipus truly love Thebes? How does Oedipus treat his "children," as he calls them at the beginning of the play?
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