Short Questions and Answers of ‘Oedipus Rex’

Questions and short answers of Oedipus Rex are presented here in three parts, It is the first part and the links of other parts are available at the end of these questions.

How does Oedipus save Thebes before becoming its king?

Sphinx placed a great plague on Thebes and if someone answered wrong it ate him alive. Oedipus answered the riddle of sphinx and sphinx suicide. This way Oedipus save Thebes.

What was the riddle posed by Sphinx to Oedipus?

Sphinx posed the riddle to Oedipus was “What goes on four feet in morning, on two feet in noon, and on three feet at evening?”.

Why do the Thebans come to Oedipus?

The Thebans comes to tell Oedipus that Thebes are hit by a horrible plague and peoples are dying.

What do Thebans think of Oedipus as their king?

Thebans think Oedipus an intelligent and caring as their king

Who is Creon?

Creon is brother of Jocasta. He was sent to Delphi to seek advice of Apollo to save the Thebes from plague. Oedipus accused him for uniting with Tiresias to grab the crown. He becomes king when Jocasta suicides and Oedipus blinds himself.

Why did Creon go to the Oracle?

Creon was sent to Delphi by Oedipus to seek advice of Apollo to save the Thebes from horrible plague.

What message did Creon bring from Delphi Oracle?

Creon brought message from Delphi that the cause of plague was a murderer of king Laius in Thebes. He should be killed or banished than plague would be removed.

Who was Laius?

Laius was the king of Thebes and he was killed where three roads meet. Actually he was the father of Oedipus.

Define Chorus.

Chorus in Greek is a group of singers and dancers who take part in play as moderator, commenter and interpreter.

To which three gods does the Chorus pray for help?

Apollo, Athena, and Artemis are three gods which are pray for help.

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