Tiresias in Oedipus Rex


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Why does Oedipus seek out Tiresias in Oedipus Rex?

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1. Why is Tiresias blind in Oedipus Rex?

2. In Oedipus Rex?, Tiresias predicts that Oedipus himself is Laius' killer. What else did Tiresias predict?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Tiresias, the aged seer in Oedipus Rex, has the unpleasant task of telling King Oedipus some things that he doesn't want to hear. The quiz tests you on the source of his blindness, some of his prophecies, and the special ability that allows him to make them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will answer quiz questions that test you on:

  • The definition of oracle
  • Who blinded Tiresias
  • Which in a given list is one of his prophecies

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Tiresias' character to correctly identify two of his prophecies to Oedipus
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about what an oracle is
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the definition of foresight

Additional Learning

Work through the lesson titled Tiresias in Oedipus Rex for a more in-depth look at his character. Upon completion, you should be able to:

  • Tell why there is a plague in Thebes
  • Explain who Tiresias' parents are
  • Describe what has to happen in order to get rid of the plague