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 does Socrates have Euthyphro agree about, in regards to love?
(a) Things that are loved, are loved because they are loved by someone.
(b) Love, like the top of Mount Olympus, can never truly be known.
(c) Love is the mutual lack of disrespect between two people.
(d) Love always depends on exactly three parties.

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

3. What did the oracle at Delphi tell Socrates?
(a) He will die as a result of his trial.
(b) He is extremely handsome.
(c) He is the most ignorant of all men.
(d) He is the wisest of all men.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Socrates claim about his relationship with his students?

3. What famous text succeeded in tarnishing Socrates' reputation, dealing him a blow in his trial?

4. Who does Socrates believe speaks to him, as expressed in Euthyphro?

5. Which segment of society is Socrates charged with having a bad influence on?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Socrates' account of his encounter with the oracle at Delphi and how it relates to his status as a wise man.

3. According to Socrates, what reputation does he suffer from in Athens? How is this reputation related to Aristophanes' Clouds?

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

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

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

7. When he is found guilty, what sentence does Socrates suggest as punishment?

8. What special connection to divinity does each character in Euthyphro claim to possess?

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

10. What five parts can the Apology be said to be divided into?

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