Catharsis in Oedipus Rex


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What is catharsis?

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1. What language does the word catharsis originally come from?

2. Which Greek philosopher discusses catharsis?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out how much you understand about catharsis in Oedipus Rex. You can test your skills with questions on the word and its origins.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use the worksheet and quiz to:

  • Assess the emotions connected with catharsis
  • Identify the cathartic instances in the book
  • Name the philosopher who theorized on catharsis

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on catharsis in Oedipus Rex
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the language in which the word catharsis originated
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how catharsis is experienced in the book

Additional Learning

The accompanying lesson is named, Catharsis in Oedipus Rex and it will help you to learn more about this theory in the text. Study the following guidelines:

  • Define catharsis
  • Identify the setting/location of the book
  • Assess some of the characters, like King Laius and Queen Jocasta
  • Name the author