Cheryl M., Essay Queen Staff - February 26, 2017

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Oedipus Rex Assignment

1. How many children does Oedipus have?

Oedipus has four children with Jocasta.

2. What does the name "Oedipus" mean?

“Oedipus” means swollen foot.

1. How many children does Oedipus have? 

2. What does the name "Oedipus" mean? 

3. In what country was Oedipus raised? 

4. Fill in the blank from the last line of Oedipus Rex. “Count no mortal _______ till he has passed the final limit of his life…” 

Questions 5-8 should be answered in a full paragraph of at least 3-4 sentences. Show me that you are thinking critically about the play! 

5. What is the significance of Oedipus distrust of Teiresias? What does this reveal about Oedipus' character? 

6. Discuss the significance of Jocasta's view of the prophecies. How does she feel about predestination? 

7. Is Oedipus guilty? Why does he suffer? Discuss the meaning and significance of his suffering. 

8. Besides Teiresias' predictions, what other examples of the foreshadowing of the shepherd's revelations do we find? 

Question 9 requires a Critical Response. There is no right or wrong answer, but you must support whatever answer you give with examples and quotes from Oedipus Rex. 

9. What rules the world of Oedipus Rex – free will or fate? Does Oedipus have any control over what happened to him?