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Oedipus the King

Oedipus the King


by Sophocles

Oedipus the King: What a Momma’s Boy Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Oedipus the King? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. Whom did Jocasta and Laius attempt to have killed?

Tony Soprano
Q. What did an old man tell Oedipus when he was a child?

That Oedipus had royal blood
That Oedipus had the eyes of a king
That Oedipus was adopted
That he didn’t understand why Oedipus had to play his music so darn loud
Q. Where did Oedipus once kill a man?

In a bell-tower
At a Josh Groban concert. Things really got out of hand that night.
In a thicket of brambles
At a crossroads
Q. Why does Jocasta kill herself?

Because she didn’t dare tempt the Fates by trying to live through a Greek tragedy
Because she discovered that Oedipus was her son
Because her daughter had been murdered
Because it had been prophesied that she would do so
Q. What does Oedipus do when he realizes the truth?

He rips out his heart
He tears out his tongue
He gouges out his eyes
He raps himself soundly on the knuckles and vows never to make that mistake again