Oedipus' Punishment


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What is Hubris?

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1. What question will help you determine whether or not Oedipus deserved his punishment in Oedipus Rex?

2. What is Oedipus' punishment in Oedipus Rex?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Poor Oedipus finds out the hard way that giving in to hubris carries some very stiff penalties. The questions on this worksheet and quiz combination will test you on how you might decide whether or not he merits them, what hubris is, and why he and Laius fight.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz tests you on:

  • How Oedipus is punished
  • What the Chorus says about pride
  • Why Oedipus kills Laius

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about the punishment Oedipus suffers
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Oedipus Rex to select a question from a given list that can help you to determine whether or not Oedipus actually deserves to be punished so severely
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the definition of hubris

Additional Learning

If you'd like to learn more, study the lesson titled, Oedipus' Punishment. The lesson will help you meet these objectives:

  • Explain what brings Oedipus to Thebes in the first place
  • Define the phrase self-fulfilling prophecy
  • Tell what happens to Jocasta