Oedipus the King Test | Final 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. Who is with the approaching shepherd?

2. What was Oedipus' response to the information he got from the oracle at Delphi, when he asked about his parentage?

3. What does Oedipus seem to think Jocasta is afraid of learning about his birth?

4. What does Jocasta advise Oedipus about his fears?

5. What children did Polybus have before Oedipus?

Short Essay Questions

1. What prophecy does Jocasta tell Oedipus about?

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

3. How does the chorus react to Creon's self defense?

4. Why does Jocasta try to stop Oedipus from trying to find out the truth of his birth?

5. What did the oracle at Delphi tell Oedipus about his parentage?

6. What is Jocasta's response, when Oedipus wants to find and question the shepherd that the messenger said gave him the infant Oedipus?

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

8. How does Creon seem to react to Oedipus leveling charges against him?

9. How does Oedipus react to Creon's self defense?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss denial in Oedipus.

1) When and how much does Jocasta know about Oedipus' background and crimes? Does Jocasta realize what is going on, at least on some level, and hide it from herself? What characteristics does she have that might make this plausible?

2) When and how much does Oedipus know about his own background and crimes? Is Oedipus in denial of his crimes at all?

3) Does the chorus seem to have any inkling of the truth? Is it possible that the people of the town could be in denial? Support your reasoning with evidence from the text.

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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