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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 does Jocasta say Laius had with him, as an escort?
2. What does Creon say can validate a man who is true?
3. What did Oedipus' parent say about the accusation that Oedipus was not their son?
4. What city was the father who raised Oedipus from?
5. Who asks the old shepherd whether he gave an infant baby to the messenger years ago?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the shepherd's reaction to being questioned about the infant he gave away and being told that Oedipus is that infant?
2. What is Oedipus's attitude toward his wife?
3. When Oedipus is questioning Creon, why does he ask Creon how long it's been since Laius was killed?
4. After Jocasta exits, when Oedipus is intent on finding out his true identity, how does the chorus feel about Oedipus' search?
5. What caused the scar on Oedipus' ankles?
6. How does Jocasta feel about Polybus' death?
7. What does Jocasta's description of the place where Laius was killed mean to Oedipus?
8. What favor did Jocasta do for the person who told her about Laius' death?
9. Why does Oedipus question how his father could love him?
10. What did the oracle at Delphi tell Oedipus about his parentage?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In OEDIPUS THE KING, much of the action takes place offstage or in different times, and is retold by the characters and messengers. Discuss how this affects the play.
1) How is hearing about Jocasta's suicide from the second messenger a different experience than seeing it?
2) How is hearing Oeidpus retell the story of meeting Laius on the road different from seeing it?
3) How effective is it for Oedipus to come on stage with his eyes gouged out at the end of the play? Is it more affecting since most of the violence of the play takes place offstage?
4) What other effects does the action taking place offstage have on the play?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the characters' intentions in their actions and their responsibility for the bad consequences.
1) What is Oedipus' intention in fleeing Corinth? Does Oedipus have any control over the unintended consequences of his actions?
2) What was the shepherd's intention in saving Oedipus? Is Oedipus right or wrong in condemning him at the end of the play?
3) To what extent is each character responsible for the tragic happening? Does the level of responsibility have anything to do with the characters' intentions?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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