Four Texts on Socrates: Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito and Aristophanes' Clouds Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What city does Euthyphro take place in?
(a) Athens.
(b) Attica.
(c) Rome.
(d) Sparta.

2. Who does Socrates believe speaks to him, as expressed in Euthyphro?
(a) Plato.
(b) His deceased wife.
(c) Zeus.
(d) A being known as "the god."

3. How should one seeking meaning in life, according to Socrates?
(a) By obeying the will of the gods.
(b) By considering a set of ideals, which one can use to compare to one's own life.
(c) By dulling one's senses with drugs and alcohol.
(d) By asking good friends for advice.

4. How does Socrates compare death to sleep?
(a) Sleep, like death, is often filled with frightening visions.
(b) The only thing similar is the closing of the eyes.
(c) Since sleep is good, death is good.
(d) Sleep is restful, but death is a never-resting state.

5. What is Socrates' stance on political activity?
(a) He believes a supreme dictator is what's needed in Greece.
(b) He heartily engages in politics.
(c) He only participates in politics at the request of his friends.
(d) He refrains from any political activity.

6. What attitude has Meletus adopted about the trial of Socrates?
(a) He is stridently pro-Socrates.
(b) He thinks the whole thing is a sham.
(c) He bears no opinion and avoids the issue.
(d) He is taking it quite seriously.

7. According to Socrates, why would political life be dangerous for him?
(a) He would try to help everyone, and despair when he could not.
(b) He is too tempted by power.
(c) Those who fight for justice are killed.
(d) He would become too absorbed by the affection and attention.

8. What is Socrates' second defense against the charge that he is corrupting youth?
(a) He had only talked with elderly people at his school.
(b) If love is a crime, Socrates is guilty as charged.
(c) Youth is made for corruption; only later in life does one find morality.
(d) He wouldn't have corrupted youth knowingly, because he feared retaliation for his actions.

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

10. What does Euthyphro believe about local teachings about Zeus?
(a) He believes in them wholeheartedly.
(b) He accepts them, but only in order to spare the city conflict.
(c) He is actively hostile to the followers of Zeus, heckling him whenever he can.
(d) He rejects them completely.

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

12. What does Socrates say about death and the divine voice in his head?
(a) His divine voice will die with him, and that is truly a tragedy.
(b) His divine voice has assured him he will be with Zeus in heaven.
(c) His divine voice has told him terrible things about the afterlife.
(d) If death was a bad thing, his divine voice would have objected to his trial.

13. What is the "good life" as defined by Athens law, according to Plato's Apology?
(a) Actively seeking meaning in one's life.
(b) Eating, drinking, and being merry.
(c) Obeying rules created by gods.
(d) Constant accumulation of knowledge.

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

15. How does the jury get to decide the sentence for Socrates?
(a) The mayor provides the sentence.
(b) The prosecution provides the sentence.
(c) They choose between two proposed sentences.
(d) No matter the crime, the penalty is death.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is Socrates' first defense against the charge that he is corrupting youth?

3. Why does Socrates compare himself to a subhuman pest?

4. How does Socrates characterize the gods in Euthyphro?

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

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