Oedipus Rex Vocabulary


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'A roisterer at some banquet, flown with wine...'

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

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'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?


'Will nothing loose thy tongue/Can nothing melt thee/Or shake thy dogged taciturnity?'

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

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out what you understand about the terms used in Oedipus Rex via these study assessments. Answer questions on given phrases and how they apply to the text.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See how well you can comprehend the following:

  • Define roisterer
  • Understand the meaning of petulance
  • Recognize the context of sluggard

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on terms in Oedipus Rex
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as taciturnity and beseech
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about quotations from the book

Additional Learning

You can learn additional information about this subject from the lesson named Oedipus Rex Vocabulary. Use the following study points:

  • Analyze the summary of the book
  • Determine who translated the play
  • Define venerable, extirpate and respite
  • Understand the meaning of ''weltering'' as it used in the play
  • Identify what is meant by mitigate, prevaricate, and sanguine and ensanguined