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. What does Creon say his current position brings?

2. What was the messenger's profession when he found the infant Oedipus?

3. Who does Jocasta send for after hearing the messenger's news?

4. What does Oedipus say that he still fears, after hearing the news of Polybus' death?

5. What does Jocasta advise Oedipus about his fears?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the chorus' foremost concern?

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

4. What is Oedipus's attitude toward his wife?

5. How does Jocasta feel about Polybus' death?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss dramatic irony in OEDIPUS THE KING.

1) How does the fact that the audience knows the story of Oedipus affect the way the writer tells the story? How could the story be told differently, if the audience were unfamiliar with it?

2) How does dramatic irony affect the audience's perception of Oedipus? Is the audience more or less sympathetic toward Oedipus? Why or why not? How does the audience perceive Oedipus' quarrels with Teiresias and Creon?

3) How does dramatic irony affect the audience's perception of Jocasta?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Oedipus as a tragic hero.

1) What are the qualities of a tragic hero, and how does Oedipus embody those qualities? Are there any ways in which Oedipus is not a tragic hero?

2) What is Oedipus' tragic flaw? How does it contribute to his downfall?

3) The chorus comments on how far Oedipus has fallen in the end of the play. Why is it important for a tragic hero to be a mighty person who falls to a low position? How does Oedipus fulfill this aspect of the tragic hero?

Essay Topic 3

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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