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The Oedipus Plays



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1. Which of the three Theban plays was probably written last?

2. How many children does Oedipus have?

3. In Oedipus the King, whose murder must be avenged to end the plague in Thebes?

4. Which of Oedipus’s children does not appear in Oedipus at Colonus?

5. What does the name “Oedipus” mean?

6. Which of the three Theban plays was probably written first?

7. In what country was Oedipus raised?

8. In which play does Tiresias not appear?

9. What sentence does Creon impose upon Antigone for violating his edict prohibiting Polynices’ burial?

10. What is Creon’s relationship to Jocasta?

11. What does Oedipus use to stab out his own eyes?

12. From whose curse did Oedipus rescue Thebes?

13. Who speaks last in each of the Theban plays?

14. Whom was Antigone meant to marry?

15. Which god did Athenian theatrical performances celebrate?

16. Which of the following characters remains alive throughout the three Theban plays?

17. Where was Laius killed?

18. In Oedipus at Colonus, how does Creon attempt to coerce Oedipus to return to Thebes?

19. What does Oedipus prophecy about Polynices and Eteocles?

20. Who is the last remaining survivor of Oedipus’s family?

21. Which of the following deaths occurs onstage?

22. What does Creon do just before he finds Antigone dead?

23. What is the name of the character who helps Oedipus in Oedipus at Colonus?

24. Which of the following characters does not commit suicide?

25. To whom do the woods belong where Oedipus at Colonus takes place?

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Creon doesn't accuse Oedipus

by KajuKoa, January 31, 2013

Creon is not the one who comes to Oedipus first, it is actually the blind seer, Tiresias, who can "see" future, past, and present.


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by milktea3579, February 07, 2013

Creon only exiles Oedipus because he wanted to be banished.


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by theartf1rst, August 02, 2013

How do you cite this website?


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