Oedipus Rex Study Guide Final Exam

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Question 1 1. The downfall of Oedipus, our tragic hero, is due to his unintended wrongdoings. Before anyone can punish him, he chooses to first punish himself. Why does he choose to blind himself?

Question 2 2. In the play Antigone, Antigone would rather die than let her brother's body rot in the street because _____.

Question 3 3. What is Hubris?

Question 4 4. What is a prophecy?

Question 5 5. In Oedipus Rex, why is Oedipus' reaction to anagnorisis one of the most tragic in literature?

Question 6 6. What is a tragic flaw?

Question 7 7. Which of the following best describes the meaning of hamartia as it is used in literature?

Question 8 8. What act made Oedipus great in Oedipus Rex?

Question 9 9. Why would Oedipus' running away to avoid a terrible prophecy be considered a mistake to the original ancient Greek audience of Oedipus the King?

Question 10 10. What is Oedipus' punishment in Oedipus Rex?

Question 11 11. In 'Oedipus Rex', who tells Oedipus that he will go blind?

Question 12 12.

'This taunt, it well may be, was blurted out/In petulance, not spoken advisedly.'

In this quotation from Sophocles' 'Oedipus Rex,' what does the word petulance mean?

Question 13 13. What are the two most common emotions released in catharsis?

Question 14 14. Oedipus lived during what period in the mythological history of Greece?

Question 15 15. Which Greek philosopher discusses catharsis?

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