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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 deny that he has a desire to do?
2. Who is with the approaching shepherd?
3. Who accused Oedipus of not being his father's real son?
4. What does Oedipus tell the messenger he regrets about leaving Corinth?
5. Why does Oedipus say he must remain afraid?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Oedipus's attitude toward his wife?
2. What is Jocasta's response, when Oedipus wants to find and question the shepherd that the messenger said gave him the infant Oedipus?
3. How did Polybus die?
4. What main news does the messenger from Corinth bring?
5. How does Jocasta react to the messenger's news?
6. What does Oedipus say, when he finally finds out the truth about his past and his present situation?
7. What does Jocasta's description of the place where Laius was killed mean to Oedipus?
8. What is the shepherd's reaction to being questioned about the infant he gave away and being told that Oedipus is that infant?
9. What is the chorus' attitude toward Oedipus, in his conflict with Creon?
10. What does the old shepherd say was his motive in giving the infant to the messenger, when they were both shepherds together?
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 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?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the timeline of Oedipus' story.
1) Why does Oedipus' story begin years after Oedipus killed his father?
2) How does the audience gain information about Oedipus's past?
3) What is the importance of the past events in Oedipus' life: the prophecy given to him, leaving his parents, meeting the stranger on the road, and defeating the Sphinx? Are any of the events in the play comparable in importance to the past events in Oedipus' life?
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