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

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Euthyphro covers which section of Socrates' legal ordeal?
(a) Arrest.
(b) Execution.
(c) Imprisonment.
(d) Trial.

2. According to Socrates in Euthyphro, why don't wise men need to consult with the gods?
(a) The gods are impossible to access, and the journey is too difficult.
(b) The gods know too much; people need to find things out for themselves.
(c) Wise men don't need to consult with gods, but they certainly should.
(d) The gods are not the final arbiters of what is good and truthful.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Socrates have Euthyphro agree about, in regards to love?

2. According to Euthyphro, when the Athenian people are pious, what happens?

3. Why is Socrates put on trial?

4. Why does the Athenian community treat Euthyphro with contempt and derision?

5. According to Euthyphro, what might Socrates say about his own level of knowledge?

(see the answer key)

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