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. Why does Socrates say that he is not impious?
(a) He regularly speaks with the voice in his head.
(b) Meletus, in charging impiety, has contradicted himself.
(c) He believes there are cloud goddesses.
(d) He in fact believes in Zeus wholeheartedly.

2. What is Euthyphro's second definition of piety?
(a) Piety is preparing oneself for great rewards.
(b) Piety is behaving honorably despite ill fortune.
(c) Piety is engaging in skillful service on behalf of the gods.
(d) Piety is fearing own's own mortality.

3. What does Socrates believe is the central question of life?
(a) What is the meaning of piety?
(b) How does one acquire knowledge?
(c) What is it all for?
(d) How should one live one's life?

4. What is Socrates' definition of piety?
(a) Rigorous, logical pursuit of the truth.
(b) Emulating the gods.
(c) Obeying due to fear of punishment.
(d) Skillful service on behalf of the gods.

5. What is Socrates' stance with respect to his sentence?
(a) He will not resist his sentence.
(b) He will ask his friends to appeal to the court for mercy.
(c) He will find a way to avoid his sentence.
(d) He will fight his sentence aggressively.

Short Answer Questions

1. When is an expert undermined?

2. Why didn't Socrates bring his family to court?

3. What does Socrates tell the jury after his sentence is decided?

4. While arguing about his way of life, how does Socrates position himself with respect to Athens?

5. Euthyphro covers which section of Socrates' legal ordeal?

(see the answer key)

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