Final Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What made Oedipus angry, when he encountered the stranger's carriage on the road?
2. How does Oedipus react to the chorus' pleas?
3. What does Creon say his current position brings?
4. What gives Oedipus hope that he did not kill Laius?
5. Who does the messenger say gave him the infant Oedipus?
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?
Discuss justice in the play.
1) What acts in the play call for retribution by the gods? Why are these acts singled out? What makes an act call for justice?
2) Are the gods in the play just or unjust? Does Oedipus truly deserve punishment?
3) How does a ruler mete out justice? Is Oedipus a just ruler? What qualities in a ruler promote justice? Use examples from the play.
Discuss the nature of power and leadership in the play.
1) What qualities make a good leader in the play? Who would make a better leader, Oedipus or Creon?
2) What are the benefits and drawbacks of power in the play? How do Oedipus and Creon view power?
3) How does Jocasta affect Oedipus's leadership in the play?
4) What role do the gods play in leadership? Compare the power of the gods to the power of men.
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