Hamartia in Oedipus Rex


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

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1. Oedipus managed a number of unintentional wrongdoings that lead to some major problems. Which of the following was NOT one of those unintentional wrongdoings?

2. How did Oedipus end up marrying Jocasta, if he was not from Thebes?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Make sure of your understanding of hamartia in Oedipus Rex with this quiz and printable worksheet. Quiz questions will test you on Oedipus' wrongdoings, marriage, and blinding, his fulfillment of the prophecy, and the meaning of hamartia.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Topics discussed in this quiz will include:

  • Hamartia as used in literature
  • Oedipus' unintentional wrongdoings
  • Marriage between Jocasta and Oedipus
  • Oedipus' unknowing fulfillment of the prophecy
  • The choice for Oedipus to blind himself

Skills Practiced

You will have a chance to showcase your ability in:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as the meaning of hamartia as used in literature
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the wrongdoings of Oedipus in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Oedipus' marriage to Jocasta
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the blinding of Oedipus and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To keep on learning about this literature topic, check out the related lesson named Hamartia in Oedipus Rex. This lesson covers the following goals:

  • Define hamartia and identify Oedipus' hamartia
  • Explain why Oedipus is considered a hallmark of the tragic hero
  • Know the plot and important events of the play
  • Understand the prophecy in the play and its role in the story