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

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the end of Euthyphro, what does Socrates' "god" tell him?
(a) Athens will be destroyed in a great flood some day.
(b) He will die at dawn the next day.
(c) He should not have treated Euthyphro so harshly.
(d) He is the wisest of men in another part of his life.

2. Why is Socrates wiser than anyone he knows?
(a) Because of his great understanding of physics and astronomy.
(b) Because he knows that he knows nothing.
(c) Because of his powerful observational skills of the natural world.
(d) Because he knows all the best philosophers in Athens, including Plato.

3. How does Socrates characterize the normal Athenian's pursuit of the good life?
(a) Manly self-assertion.
(b) Apolitical charity.
(c) The search for beauty.
(d) A fight for justice.

4. How does Socrates try to prove that the Athenian definition of corruption is defective?
(a) By asking the prosecution to produce concrete evidence of the alleged corruption.
(b) By arguing that laws are meant to be broken.
(c) By calling forth a large number of his students to testify.
(d) By showing that he pursues a good life in a proper way.

5. What is the basic impression of Socrates' overall defense strategy?
(a) It was weak and full of holes.
(b) It was meaningless because Meletus rigged the trial.
(c) It displayed Socrates' full wit and brilliance.
(d) It was strong, but just not enough.

Short Answer Questions

1. In regards to corrupting youth, what solution does Socrates see for correcting his tendencies?

2. What is the "good life" as defined by Athens law, according to Plato's Apology?

3. Which god does Euthyphro admire above all others?

4. What sentence does Meletus suggest for Socrates?

5. What is Socrates' second defense against the charge that he is corrupting youth?

(see the answer key)

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