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 sentence does Meletus suggest for Socrates?
(a) A fine.
(b) An imprisonment of one year.
(c) An imprisonment of ten years.
(d) Death.

2. Where does Euthyphro take place?
(a) In a government office.
(b) By a river.
(c) In Socrates' Thinkery.
(d) In prison.

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

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

5. The Euthyphro is a dialogue between which men?
(a) Zeus and Hades.
(b) Plato and Socrates.
(c) Socrates and Euthyphro.
(d) Aristophanes and Cato.

Short Answer Questions

1. Euthyphro covers which section of Socrates' legal ordeal?

2. In regards to corrupting youth, what solution does Socrates see for correcting his tendencies?

3. Why is Socrates heartened about the possibility of an afterlife?

4. According to Athenian law, is Socrates innocent or guilty of the crimes charged to him?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What first definition of piety is provided in Euthyphro? What does the character providing the definition cite as an example that proves his definition?

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

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

4. What is the Euthyphro, in general terms?

5. According to Socrates, why didn't he ever pursue politics?

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

7. Why doesn't Socrates wish to be pitied? How does this relate to the fact that he did not bring his family to court with him?

8. What is Socrates' response to the charge that he is impious and/or an atheist?

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

10. According to Socrates, can wise men access objective truth? If so, how should they go about this?

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