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. Who accused Oedipus of not being his father's real son?

3. What does Jocasta chide Oedipus and Creon for?

4. What nationality does Oedipus say the mother who raised him was?

5. How does the messenger say Jocasta will feel about his news?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Polybus die?

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

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

5. What is the chorus' foremost concern?

6. How does Jocasta feel about Polybus' death?

7. After Jocasta exits, when Oedipus is intent on finding out his true identity, how does the chorus feel about Oedipus' search?

8. What main news does the messenger from Corinth bring?

9. What is the chorus' attitude toward Oedipus, in his conflict with Creon?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss free will and predestination in OEDIPUS THE KING.

1) Is Oedipus predestined to his fate, or does he have free will? Are these two ideas completely incompatible?

2) Can Oedipus be held responsible for his actions, if his fate is predestined?

3) How does predestination affect the position of a ruler? Are all the joys and woes that befall the ruler's lands predestined? What is the role of the leader, if fate is predestined?

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