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

2. According to Socrates, when pursuing the truth, a person should defer to what authority?
(a) A religious leader.
(b) A political leader.
(c) A person should not defer to any authority.
(d) A social reformer.

3. What famous text succeeded in tarnishing Socrates' reputation, dealing him a blow in his trial?
(a) The Clouds.
(b) Apology.
(c) Crito.
(d) Medea.

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

5. What does Socrates tell his friends and supporters after his sentence is decided?
(a) He makes them promise to build a bigger school after his death.
(b) He berates them for their lack of support.
(c) He asks them to never look upon him again.
(d) He asks them to visit him and talk with him.

6. Why does Socrates believe his oratorical skill is superior to his opponents in his trial?
(a) His speech bears impressive flourishes.
(b) He has practiced his entire life to defend what he stands for, and so is better prepared.
(c) He is much more knowledgeable about rhetorical strategies and logic.
(d) He speaks the truth, and they do not.

7. Euthyphro's definition of piety depends upon what body of stories?
(a) Scandinavian mythology.
(b) Aesop's Fables.
(c) The Epic of Gilgamesh.
(d) Greek mythology.

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

9. 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 rejects them completely.
(d) He is actively hostile to the followers of Zeus, heckling him whenever he can.

10. What happens when youthful Athenians follow Socrates' philosophical teachings?
(a) They try to create their own rival schools of philosophy.
(b) They belittle and are rude to their elders.
(c) They suddenly refuse to speak to Socrates.
(d) They share this knowledge with their elders.

11. According to Socrates, what is dangerous about the conclusion that human good is related to what is dear to the gods?
(a) The gods may hate humans, making this conclusion suspect.
(b) Any conclusion about human good should include societal values.
(c) Human good is only separated from human evil by a hair.
(d) The gods are unknowable, making this conclusion merely speculative.

12. What nationality was Socrates?
(a) Roman.
(b) Greek.
(c) Persian.
(d) Italian.

13. What is the name for Athens' hall of heroes?
(a) The Prytaneum.
(b) The Acropolis.
(c) The Coliseum.
(d) The Krytaniken.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Euthyphro take place?

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

3. What city does Euthyphro take place in?

4. What is the basic impression of Socrates' overall defense strategy?

5. According to Socrates, why would political life be dangerous for him?

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