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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Aristophanes' Clouds.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the danger of disobeying an unjust law?
(a) Doing so undermines the authority that provides just laws.
(b) Your reputation may suffer unnecessarily.
(c) You are in danger of impiety.
(d) There is no danger in defying injustice.

2. At the end of Clouds, what does Strepsiades believe about Zeus?
(a) Zeus does not exist.
(b) Zeus exists, but does not meddle in the affairs of man.
(c) Zeus is important in holding the community together.
(d) Zeus exists to destroy and ruin human lives.

3. What is the origin of the title The Clouds?
(a) Socrates believes that rain is the cause of human suffering.
(b) The Clouds is used as a metaphor to anything which blinds us in life.
(c) Socrates claims that the only gods are the clouds.
(d) Socrates believes that Zeus lives on a cloud.

4. Why does the dialogue in Euthyphro end?
(a) Euthyphro becomes frustrated and leaves.
(b) Socrates is taken to prison.
(c) There is a great earthquake.
(d) Plato died before he finished writing it.

5. In The Clouds, what does Socrates feel about Zeus?
(a) Socrates prays to Zeus on a daily basis.
(b) Zeus exists to destroy and ruin human lives.
(c) Zeus exists, but does not meddle in the affairs of man.
(d) Zeus does not exist.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is Socrates' general attitude toward the citizens of Athens?

4. According to Socrates, why should experts be obeyed?

5. Why does Socrates believe he may lose his trial from the very start?

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