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Oedipus the King

Oedipus the King


by Sophocles

Oedipus the King: What a Momma’s Boy True or False

1. Whom did Jocasta and Laius attempt to have killed? -> Oedipus
2. What did an old man tell Oedipus when he was a child? -> That Oedipus was adopted
3. Where did Oedipus once kill a man? -> In a thicket of brambles
4. Why does Jocasta kill herself? -> Because she didn’t dare tempt the Fates by trying to live through a Greek tragedy
5. What does Oedipus do when he realizes the truth? -> He gouges out his eyes