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 can validate a man who is true?

2. What does the messenger ask the chorus when he first arrives?

3. Who does the chorus think can help end the conflict between Creon and Oedipus?

4. Who does Jocasta say told her about Laius' death?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What caused the scar on Oedipus' ankles?

4. What is the first thing Oedipus tells Jocasta, when he tells her about the argument between himself and Creon?

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

6. How does Jocasta feel about Polybus' death?

7. What does the old shepherd say was his motive in giving the infant to the messenger, when they were both shepherds together?

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

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

10. What is the chorus' foremost concern?

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's justification of choosing blindness and exile as his punishment.

1) Why does Oedipus feel the need to punish himself for his "crimes'?

2) Why does Oedipus choose the particular punishment of blindness? Why does Oedipus want to be exiled from Thebes?

3) Will Oedipus's punishment fit his crime? Is Oedipus's punishment a fair one? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the function of the chorus in the play.

1) Who does the chorus represent? What is their attitude toward Oedipus and the events that unfold?

2) How is the chorus similar to the play's audience? How is the chorus different form the audience?

3) Is the chorus always "right"? Do they reflect the attitude of the author?

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