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Oedipus Rex

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Based on Sopphcles drama.

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  • 1. 
    What is the priest doing at the beginning of the play?
    • A. 

      Asking the gods for help

    • B. 

      Accusing Oedipus

    • C. 

      Asking Teiresias for help

    • D. 

      Sacrificing to the Sphinx

  • 2. 
    Where did Oedipus send Creon at the beginning of the play?
    • A. 

      To Corinth

    • B. 

      To the Pythian oracle

    • C. 

      To be banished from Thebes

    • D. 

      To a crossroads

  • 3. 
    What does Creon report?
    • A. 

      That Jocasta's son must be found

    • B. 

      That Teiresias killed Laius

    • C. 

      That he will kill his father and marry his mother

    • D. 

      That Laius's killer must be found

  • 4. 
    What should happen to the man they will find?
    • A. 

      He must be put in jail

    • B. 

      He must be sacrificed to the Sphinx

    • C. 

      He must be banished or killed

    • D. 

      He must be sacrificed to the Sphinx

  • 5. 
     Why didn't anyone investigate Laius's murder at the time?
    • A. 

      Jocasta went into labor

    • B. 

      There was a blight on the city

    • C. 

      They didn't want anyone to know that Oedipus did it

    • D. 

      The Sphinx was attacking the city

  • 6. 
     What does Oedipus announce to the Theban people?
    • A. 

      That if any man confesses, he will only be banished

    • B. 

      That he too will be punished if he helps the killer

    • C. 

      That if anyone knows who killed Laius, he should come forward

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 7. 
     Who is rumored to have killed Laius?
    • A. 

      Teiresias

    • B. 

      Jocasta

    • C. 

      Robbers

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 8. 
    Who does Creon advise Oedipus to send for?
    • A. 

      A shepherd

    • B. 

      Teiresias

    • C. 

      The sphinx

    • D. 

      Jocasta

  • 9. 
    What does Teiresias say when he arrives?
    • A. 

      That he will not tell who did it

    • B. 

      That the Sphinx did it

    • C. 

      That Jocasta did it

    • D. 

      That Creon did it

  • 10. 
    How does Oedipus respond when Teiresias charges him with killing Laius?
    • A. 

      He calls Teiresias a blind fool

    • B. 

      He accuses Creon of killing Laius

    • C. 

      He accuses Teiresias of conspiring with Creon

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 11. 
    What does Jocasta convince Oedipus to do to Creon?
    • A. 

      Banish him

    • B. 

      Abandon him

    • C. 

      Kill him

    • D. 

      Forgive him

  • 12. 
    What does Jocasta attempt to prove to Oedipus?
    • A. 

      That the oracles are always right

    • B. 

      That there is no truth in prophesy

    • C. 

      That Teiresias is really his father

    • D. 

      That Creon killed Laius

  • 13. 
     Where was Laius killed?
    • A. 

      At the battle of Troy

    • B. 

      In jail

    • C. 

      In his bath

    • D. 

      At a crossroads

  • 14. 
    Why does Jocasta's story upset Oedipus
    • A. 

      His father was killed in a similar way

    • B. 

      He was a witness to this death

    • C. 

      He killed a man at a crossroads

    • D. 

      He fought at Troy

  • 15. 
    What did the oracle tell Oedipus?
    • A. 

      That his mother was Jocasta

    • B. 

      That he should stay away from Thebes

    • C. 

      That he would become blind

    • D. 

      That he would kill his father and marry his mother

  • 16. 
     What is Jocasta doing the next time she leaves the palace?
    • A. 

      Burying evidence

    • B. 

      Killing her children

    • C. 

      Running away from Thebes

    • D. 

      Praying to the gods

  • 17. 
    Who gave Oedipus to Polybus and Merope?
    • A. 

      The Sphinx

    • B. 

      Teiresias

    • C. 

      The messenger

    • D. 

      Jocasta

  • 18. 
    What news does the messenger bring from Corinth?
    • A. 

      That Polybus was not Oedipus's father

    • B. 

      That Corinth wants Oedipus to be its king

    • C. 

      That Polybus is dead

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 19. 
    How does Jocasta respond to the messenger's story?
    • A. 

      She stabs the messenger

    • B. 

      She begs the messenger to continue

    • C. 

      She begs Oedipus to stop his line of questions

    • D. 

      She rejoices that the truth has come out

  • 20. 
    Who found Oedipus first after he was sent away as a baby by his mother?
    • A. 

      Polybus

    • B. 

      Herdsman

    • C. 

      Messenger

    • D. 

      Laius

  • 21. 
    Who is to rule the kingdom now the truth of Oedipus's lineage has been revealed
    • A. 

      Antigone

    • B. 

      Creon

    • C. 

      The first-born son of Oedipus and Jocasta

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 22. 
    How did Jocasta die?
    • A. 

      Creon Killed her.

    • B. 

      The Messenger killed her

    • C. 

      Jocasta killed herself

    • D. 

      Oedipus killed her

  • 23. 
    Which best describes the play's theme?
    • A. 

      Fate can be controlled

    • B. 

      People shouldn't abandon their children.

    • C. 

      Oedipus should have been content to live in the present and not consult others regarding fate.

    • D. 

      Oedipus is happy because he blames Jocasta for his fate.