Four Texts on Socrates: Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito and Aristophanes' Clouds Quiz | One Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Plato's Crito.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Athenian law, is Socrates innocent or guilty of the crimes charged to him?
(a) Guilty; he fits the definition of corruption set out in Athenian law.
(b) Innocent; Socrates is guilty of corruption, but that is not a crime in Athenian law.
(c) Guilty; though he believes in Zeus, he hates the god rather than loves him.
(d) Innocent; there is no evidence to support the charges.

2. In Euthyphro, what problem does Socrates have with the suggestion that it is good to be dear to the gods?
(a) The gods all behave according to a rigidly objective standard.
(b) The gods are, most likely, ordinary humans.
(c) The gods do not appear on earth to perceive human behavior.
(d) The gods behave arbitrarily, and not according to an objective standard.

3. Why does Socrates believe obedience to the law could not represent disrespectful behavior?
(a) Prisoners serving their sentence with honor have a certain nobility about them.
(b) Law is a great authority on earth, and should be respected.
(c) Respecting one's death sentence is respecting death itself.
(d) The law is based upon the good, without question.

4. Which is the second of three Socratic dialogues written by Plato?
(a) Crito.
(b) Euthyphro.
(c) Apology.
(d) The Clouds.

5. Which is NOT one of the consequences of breaking a law according to Socrates?
(a) Undermining of general authority.
(b) The lessened ability for laws to serve their purpose.
(c) Finality, and the reduction of the threat of retaliation.
(d) Corruption of the soul.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Crito and Socrates agree upon in regards to retaliation?

2. How does Socrates' respond to Crito's worry over Socrates' reputation?

3. What does Socrates say about death and the divine voice in his head?

4. According to Socrates, why would political life be dangerous for him?

5. Why does law have authority?

(see the answer key)

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