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

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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Euthyphro's initial definition of piety?
(a) Piety is what is dear to the gods.
(b) Piety is following the arbitrary will of the universe.
(c) Piety is behaving according to a strict set of morals.
(d) Piety is a faith to end all faiths.

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

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

4. What is Socrates' first defense against the charge that he is corrupting youth?
(a) Youth is made for corruption; only later in life does one find morality.
(b) If love is a crime, Socrates is guilty as charged.
(c) He had only talked with elderly people at his school.
(d) He has no hand in making laws, which is what truly corrupts youth.

5. What does Euthyphro believe about local teachings about Zeus?
(a) He rejects them completely.
(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 believes in them wholeheartedly.

Short Answer Questions

1. What city does Euthyphro take place in?

2. At the end of Apology, what is Socrates' opinion on death?

3. Euthyphro's definition of piety depends upon what body of stories?

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

5. What is Socrates' stance on political activity?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Euthyphro, in general terms?

2. Is Socrates innocent or guilty of the charges against him, in the eyes of Athens and its legal system?

3. What is the nature of Socrates' comparing himself to Achilles? What is Socrates illustrating with this comparison?

4. What is Socrates' initial reaction to the first definition of piety provided in Euthyphro?

5. What is Socrates' counter to the second definition of piety offered in Euthyphro?

6. What is Socrates' second response to the charge that he has corrupted Athens' youth?

7. How does Euthyphro respond to Socrates' counter of his second definition of piety? What is the result of the conversation?

8. What flaw does Socrates then find in the reasoning he laid out in previous Question #9?

9. What distinction does Socrates make between his own speaking style, and that of his accusers?

10. What second definition of piety is offered by Euthyphro in Euthyphro?

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