How Much Do You Know About Oedipus Rex? Hardest Trivia Quiz

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How Much Do You Know About Oedipus Rex? Hardest Trivia Quiz

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  • 1. 
    Who does Oedipus send to Delphi to learn how to save Thebes?
    • A. 

      Jocasta

    • B. 

      Creon

    • C. 

      Laius

    • D. 

      Antigone

  • 2. 
    No one attempted to find out the truth about what had happened to Laius because 
    • A. 

      They were too busy trying to defeat the Sphinx that was terrifying Thebes.

    • B. 

      They thought they already knew the truth.

    • C. 

      Jocasta told the people that she was distraught enough without learning more.

    • D. 

      Everyone who tried to learn the truth ended up dead.

  • 3. 
    Who is Creon?
    • A. 

      He is Oedipus's brother and second in command in Thebes.

    • B. 

      He is Oedipus's eldest son.

    • C. 

      He is Jocasta's, Oedipus's wife's brother.

    • D. 

      He is a priest at the temple in Delphi.

  • 4. 
    When Oedipus asks the prophet to reveal the name of the murderer, what is the prophet's response?
    • A. 

      Although Tiresias knows the answer; it is better that no one else ever learns the truth.

    • B. 

      The king was never murdered at all; he is still alive in another land.

    • C. 

      He claims that Jocasta murdered her husband.

    • D. 

      He claims that he does not know because Apollo has kept the name from him.

  • 5. 
    What has been happening in Thebes that brings all members of the community to Oedipus’s palace for answers? 
    • A. 

      A terrible beast, a Sphinx, has been terrifying the city.

    • B. 

      A raging volcano has sent rivers of lava through the streets.

    • C. 

      A plague has descended upon the entire city; death and decay is everywhere.

    • D. 

      Gigantic swarms of locusts have descended upon the city.

  • 6. 
    Who does Oedipus accuse of being behind a plot to destroy him?
    • A. 

      Jocasta

    • B. 

      Tiresias

    • C. 

      Apollo

    • D. 

      Creon

  • 7. 
    What do the people of Thebes want Oedipus to do for them?
    • A. 

      They blame him for the problems and want him to leave.

    • B. 

      They want him to rid Thebes of the problems and restore the city.

    • C. 

      They want him to make a sacrifice to Zeus to appease the gods.

    • D. 

      They want him to offer his youngest daughter to the fiery volcano.

  • 8. 
    Who is Laius?
    • A. 

      He is Oedipus's eldest son.

    • B. 

      He is Creon's brother.

    • C. 

      He is Jocasta's first husband.

    • D. 

      He is a prophet.

  • 9. 
    Why is Creon upset at the opening of Scene 2?
    • A. 

      Oedipus has accused him of treason.

    • B. 

      King Laius was never given a proper burial.

    • C. 

      Jocasta believes that he is plotting against her husband.

    • D. 

      Tiresias has foretold an evil omen for Creon.

  • 10. 
    What promise does Oedipus make to anyone who comes forward with information about Laius's murder?
    • A. 

      Oedipus will give a handsome reward of gold.

    • B. 

      He says no harm will come to anyone who comes forward.

    • C. 

      He will give a formal pardon for the treason of withholding information.

    • D. 

      Oedipus makes no promises; he demands that anyone with information come forward.

  • 11. 
    Who does the prophet finally reveal as the murderer of King Laius?
    • A. 

      Jocasta

    • B. 

      Creon

    • C. 

      Tiresias

    • D. 

      Oedipus

  • 12. 
    What became of the only surviving member of the attack on Laius's party?
    • A. 

      He hanged himself as soon as he returned.

    • B. 

      He became the leader of the new king's sentries.

    • C. 

      He begged Jocasta to send him as far as possible.

    • D. 

      He was executed for failure to protect the king.

  • 13. 
    What news does the messenger from Corinth bring to Thebes? 
    • A. 

      The King of Corinth is preparing to make war on Thebes.

    • B. 

      A warrant has been issued for Oedipus's arrest for treason.

    • C. 

      Oedipus's father wishes for his son to pay a visit.

    • D. 

      The King of Corinth is dead, and Oedipus is to be crowned King.

  • 14. 
    Oedipus berates his people with regard to King Laius because
    • A. 

      They gave the crown to Oedipus so soon after the king's death.

    • B. 

      They showed no respect for the king because they held no funeral rite in his honor.

    • C. 

      No statue was erected in King Laius's memory.

    • D. 

      If the oracle had not commanded it, they would have ignored their king's murderer.

  • 15. 
    Why had Oedipus fled Corinth many years before?
    • A. 

      An oracle told him that he would kill his father and marry his mother.

    • B. 

      He had killed a man.

    • C. 

      He was wrongly accused of treason by King Polybus.

    • D. 

      He wanted to go out and explore the world.

  • 16. 
    What does Jocasta attempt to prove to Oedipus? 
    • A. 

      That Tiresias is really his father

    • B. 

      That the oracles are always right.

    • C. 

      That Creon killed Laius.

    • D. 

      That there is no truth in prophecy.

  • 17. 
    What revelation does the messenger make to Oedipus?
    • A. 

      King Polybus's murderer has already been caught.

    • B. 

      Oedipus was born to a servant of the King of Corinth, not to the Queen of Corinth.

    • C. 

      The messenger is really King Laius who had been hiding from Creon for years.

    • D. 

      King Polybus was not Oedipus's natural father.

  • 18. 
    How does Oedipus react to the Corinthian messenger's news? 
    • A. 

      He is fearful of being charged with treason against the Corinthian crown.

    • B. 

      He is filled with relief.

    • C. 

      He prepares for war with Corinth.

    • D. 

      He prepares to visit his father.

  • 19. 
    How did King Polybus die? 
    • A. 

      He was killed by his son.

    • B. 

      He was murdered by his wife.

    • C. 

      He died of old age.

    • D. 

      His death is shrouded in mystery.

  • 20. 
    What is Oedipus's reaction to hearing that Laius was killed in a place where three highways met?
    • A. 

      He wants to go to the spot and search for clues to the murder.

    • B. 

      He remembers an altercation he once had in the same location.

    • C. 

      He is angry that a king would dies in such an undignified manner.

    • D. 

      He wants to erect a monument at the place in Laius's memory.

  • 21. 
    What truth does Oedipus learn? 
    • A. 

      The shepherd is his true father.

    • B. 

      Jocasta has been unfaithful and his children are really the shepherd's children.

    • C. 

      The prophecy was right; he killed his father (Laius) and married his mother (Jocasta).

    • D. 

      The Queen of Corinth, his mother, had an affair with Laius, and Laius is his true father.

  • 22. 
    What "proof" does Jocasta offer that prophets do not tell the truth? 
    • A. 

      She had been told that she would marry her own son, but she'd killed the child.

    • B. 

      Her husband had been told that his own son would kill him, but he was killed by bandits at a crossroad.

    • C. 

      The rains never come exactly when they are predicted to.

    • D. 

      The gods create "fate" at their whim; the prophets cannot foresee the gods' intentions.

  • 23. 
    Parados is defined as 
    • A. 

      The opening scene.

    • B. 

      The first of the Chorus's lyric songs.

    • C. 

      Conversation between two or more people.

    • D. 

      The concluding scene.

  • 24. 
    Who begs Oedipus to forget about finding the truth of his parentage? 
    • A. 

      Creon

    • B. 

      Jocasta

    • C. 

      Teiresias

    • D. 

      The messenger from Corinth

  • 25. 
    Who had originally given the infant to the shepherd? 
    • A. 

      Jocasta

    • B. 

      Laius

    • C. 

      Creon

    • D. 

      Teirsias

  • 26. 
    What news does the second messenger bring? 
    • A. 

      Oedipus's children have been killed.

    • B. 

      The Queen of Corinth has also died; the prophecy was wrong.

    • C. 

      Tiresias has been murdered by Jocasta.

    • D. 

      Jocasta is dead.

  • 27. 
    What is Creon's defense against the accusations against him?
    • A. 

      He claims that Laius's body was never returned to Thebes, so he could not have give Laius a proper burial.

    • B. 

      He says that he would never do anything to cause his sister, Jocasta, any pain.

    • C. 

      Why would he want the stress of being king when he already enjoys the same perks?

    • D. 

      He claims that Tiresias is a liar, and that his fate is his own; no evil awaits him.

  • 28. 
    Dramatic irony is defined as
    • A. 

      A lesson about life that a story teaches.

    • B. 

      The category to which a literary work belongs.

    • C. 

      When a writer says one thing but really means the opposite.

    • D. 

      When the reader or audience knows something important that a character in the drama does not know.

  • 29. 
    What is the answer to this riddle? "What walks on 4 legs in the morning, 2 legs in the evening, and 3 legs at night?"
    • A. 

      The Sphinx

    • B. 

      A man

    • C. 

      Oedipus

    • D. 

      A dog

  • 30. 
    The shepherd didn't destroy the child as instructed because
    • A. 

      It was his own child.

    • B. 

      He wanted to secretly raise the child to come back and take vengeance on the king.

    • C. 

      He thought he had; he did not know that the child survived.

    • D. 

      He pitied the infant and gave it to someone far away from Thebes.

  • 31. 
    Dialogue is defined as 
    • A. 

      The opening scene.

    • B. 

      The first of the Chorus's lyric songs.

    • C. 

      Conversation between two or more people. ,

    • D. 

      The concluding scene.

  • 32. 
    What does Oedipus do after he held Jocasta in his arms? 
    • A. 

      He slits her throat.

    • B. 

      He cries and tells her that he forgave her about everything.

    • C. 

      He pushes her roughly away in disgust.

    • D. 

      He takes the brooches from her gown and blinds himself.

  • 33. 
    What happens to Jocasta? 
    • A. 

      Oedipus strangles her.

    • B. 

      She hangs herself.

    • C. 

      Creon stabs her.

    • D. 

      She kills Tiresias because of his prophecies.

  • 34. 
    The prologue is 
    • A. 

      The opening scene.

    • B. 

      The first of the Chorus's lyric songs

    • C. 

      Conversation between two or more people.

    • D. 

      The concluding scene.

  • 35. 
    How did King Polybus come to raise Oedipus as his own son?
    • A. 

      Polybus is his father; it is natural that he would raise his son.

    • B. 

      Polybus found the abandoned infant, Oedipus in the forest while out hunting.

    • C. 

      The messenger had been given an infant found in the mountains and he, in turn, gave the child to the king and queen.

    • D. 

      Although the illegitimate son of a servant girl, Polybus took the infant in when the girl died.

  • 36. 
    What finally becomes of Oedipus? 
    • A. 

      He lives in self-exile on the mountain where he should have died as an infant.

    • B. 

      He is executed for treason.

    • C. 

      He hangs himself.

    • D. 

      He takes the crown in Corinth and becomes the rightful king.

  • 37. 
    The exodus is defined as 
    • A. 

      The opening scene.

    • B. 

      The first of the Chorus's lyric songs.

    • C. 

      Conversation between two or more people.

    • D. 

      The concluding scene.

  • 38. 
    Why had the infant been handed over to the shepherd to begin with? 
    • A. 

      He would grow up to be more handsome than his own vain father.

    • B. 

      His poor parents could not afford to care for the child.

    • C. 

      It had been foretold that he would grow up to kill his father and marry his mother.

    • D. 

      He was born with deformed feet and his parents did not want him.

  • 39. 
    What does Oedipus claim he will do now that the truth is known? 
    • A. 

      He will take his family and leave town.

    • B. 

      He will kill himself.

    • C. 

      He will exile himself just as he said he would do to the murderer of King Laius.

    • D. 

      He wants Creon to execute him.

  • 40. 
    A tragedy is defined as 
    • A. 

      An inborn character flaw or weakness

    • B. 

      When a main character strives to achieve something and is ultimately defeated.

    • C. 

      A humble request

    • D. 

      A feeling of remorse or guilt

  • 41. 
    Oedipus (to Creon): "So you dared to come back.Why? How ______________ of you to come to my house,You murderer!" 
    • A. 

      Infantile

    • B. 

      Vague

    • C. 

      Affront

    • D. 

      Brazen

  • 42. 
    Strophe 2: "Let each man take due earnings, then,And keep his hands from holy things,And from ___________________ stand apart--Else the crackling blast of heavenBlows on his head, and on his desperate heart:..."
    • A. 

      Blasphemy

    • B. 

      Insolence

    • C. 

      Revelation

    • D. 

      Incest

  • 43. 
    Oedipus (to Teiresias): "You dare say that! Can you possibly think you haveSome way of going free, after such _______________?" 
    • A. 

      Affront

    • B. 

      Insolence

    • C. 

      Pilgrimage

    • D. 

      Parricide

  • 44. 
    Oedipus to Choragos: "Oh never to have come hereWith my father's blood upon me! NeverTo have been the man they call his mother's husband!Oh accursed!  Oh child of evil,To have entered that wretched bed--the selfsame one!More ______________ than sin itself, this fell to me."
    • A. 

      Vague

    • B. 

      Revelation

    • C. 

      Primal

    • D. 

      Mock

  • 45. 
    Oedipus: "The act that engendered me, and again the actPerformed by the son in the same bed--Ah, the netOf ______________, mingling fathers, brothers, sons,With brides, wives, mothers;..." 
    • A. 

      Afflictions

    • B. 

      Arrogance

    • C. 

      Mock

    • D. 

      Incest

  • 46. 
    Oedipus (to Creon):  "What answer do you bring us from the god?Creon:  "A strong one.  I can tell you, great ___________________Will turn out well, if they are taken well." 
    • A. 

      Arrogance

    • B. 

      Hearsay

    • C. 

      Reproach

    • D. 

      Afflictions

  • 47. 
    Shepherd (to Oedipus):  He (the messenger) saved him--but for what a fate!For if you are what this man says you are,No man living is more _________________ than Oedipus." 
    • A. 

      Wretched

    • B. 

      Vague

    • C. 

      Affront

    • D. 

      Primal

  • 48. 
    Oedipus (to a priest):  "You, there, since you are the eldest in the company,Speak for them all, tell me what ______________ upon you,Whether you come in dread, or crave some blessing:Tell me, and never doubt that I will help youIn every way I can;..." 
    • A. 

      Reproach

    • B. 

      Preys

    • C. 

      Abomination

    • D. 

      Hearsay

  • 49. 
    Oedipus:  "But his (Creon's) command is plain: the ___________________Must be destroyed.  I am that evil man." 
    • A. 

      Infantile

    • B. 

      Parricide

    • C. 

      Decrepit

    • D. 

      Vigil

  • 50. 
    Oedipus: "He (Creon) charges me with the murder of Laius.Jocasta (to Oedipus):  Has he (Creon) some knowledge? Or does he speak from ____________?"   
    • A. 

      Arrogance

    • B. 

      Blasphemy

    • C. 

      Revelation

    • D. 

      Hearsay