Who was Oedipus' Father?


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In the Oedipus myth, who is Oedipus' biological father?

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1. In the Oedipus myth, Laius is king of what city?

2. Which of the following characters does not appear in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In Sophocles' play Oedipus Rex, Oedipus may be the main character, but the other characters each play important roles in terms of plot. This quiz will verify your knowledge concerning the character of Oedipus' father. To do well on this quiz, you will need to have knowledge of the myth of Oedipus, the origins of Oedipus's father, and the events related to Oedipus' father that occur in Sophocles play.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

With these evaluation tools, you can gauge how much you know about:

  • Oedipus's biological father per the myth
  • The city in which Laius resides as king
  • Characters from the myth that do not appear in the play
  • In the play, the plot revolves around finding the murderer of which man
  • The person whose death makes Oedipus believe he has avoided the curse of his fate

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet can help you enhance the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Oedipus Rex lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the name of Oedipus' biological father in the myth
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the differences between the myth and the play

Additional Learning

To gain further knowledge into this topic, go to the connected lesson, Who was Oedipus' Father? Inside the lesson you will find all of the answers to the quiz questions, along with the following information:

  • The far-reaching fame of the Oedipus story
  • Overview of the Oedipus myth
  • The use of oracles in the myth and in the play