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

2. The Euthyphro is known as what kind of writing?
(a) Dialogue.
(b) Play.
(c) Autobiography.
(d) Novel.

3. In regards to corrupting youth, what solution does Socrates see for correcting his tendencies?
(a) Twenty lashes.
(b) Mere instruction for how to teach better.
(c) A sabbatical to Delphi.
(d) A small fine.

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

5. Why does the Athenian community treat Euthyphro with contempt and derision?
(a) He is putting his own father on trial.
(b) He is claiming an olive tree orchard that is not his.
(c) He frequently dresses up as a woman.
(d) He stole chickens from his own brother.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens when youthful Athenians follow Socrates' philosophical teachings?

2. What topic does Socrates discuss to dismantle Euthyphro's initial definition of piety?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Socrates believe to be the central question of life, as revealed in Apology? How should one pursue or answer this question?

4. How does Socrates relate human goodness to the first definition of piety provided in Euthyphro?

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

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

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

8. What is the general attitude held by the citizens of Athens toward the characters of Euthyphro?

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

10. What does the "voice" in Socrates' head tell Socrates at the end of Euthyphro? How does Socrates respond?

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