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. Which is NOT one of the insults lodged against Socrates by the citizens of Athens?
(a) He questions the gods through science.
(b) He is a busybody.
(c) He teaches about Zeus much too often.
(d) He is always off in his own world, thinking abstract thoughts.

2. What is Euthyphro's father accused of?
(a) Impiety.
(b) Begging.
(c) Prostitution.
(d) Assault.

3. What sentence does Socrates suggest for himself?
(a) Instruction on how to be a better teacher.
(b) Death.
(c) A fine.
(d) Free meals at the hall of heroes.

4. According to Athenian law, is Socrates innocent or guilty of the crimes charged to him?
(a) Guilty; he fits the definition of corruption set out in Athenian law.
(b) Guilty; though he believes in Zeus, he hates the god rather than loves him.
(c) Innocent; Socrates is guilty of corruption, but that is not a crime in Athenian law.
(d) Innocent; there is no evidence to support the charges.

5. 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) Those who fight for justice are killed.
(c) He is too tempted by power.
(d) He would become too absorbed by the affection and attention.

6. What is the overarching subject of Euthyphro?
(a) Intelligence.
(b) Piety.
(c) Pleasure.
(d) Love.

7. What does Socrates believe about the concept of objective truth?
(a) There is no such thing as objective truth.
(b) Every man has it in him to know objective truth absolutely.
(c) Men should strive for it, even if in the end they do not attain it.
(d) Any man who seeks objective truth is a great fool.

8. What does Socrates say about the accusation that he is engaged in scientific pursuits?
(a) He admits to pursuing science, but argues that science and religion are one and the same.
(b) He denies being engaged in any such pursuits.
(c) He studied science only as a naive child of seven.
(d) He admits to being a lover of science, dealing his defense another blow.

9. Socrates not only challenged Athenian morality but ... ?
(a) Athenian restrictions on diet.
(b) Athenian understanding of fish and water fowl.
(c) Athenian political power.
(d) Athenian sense of purpose.

10. What is the profession of Socrates?
(a) Moneylender.
(b) Philosopher.
(c) Mason.
(d) Tanner.

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

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

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

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

15. Who does Euthyphro compare to himself and his father?
(a) Zeus and Hera.
(b) Zeus and Hercules.
(c) Plato and Socrates.
(d) Zeus and Kronos.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How should one seeking meaning in life, according to Socrates?

3. What did the oracle at Delphi tell Socrates?

4. What does Socrates discover when he speaks with and interviews "wise men"?

5. How does the jury get to decide the sentence for Socrates?

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