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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 1, The Last Days of Socrates: Chapter 1, Introductory Notes.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why was Socrates involved in political conflict?
(a) He manipulated politicians into conflicts with one another.
(b) He wanted to be involved in politics, but wasn't educated enough.
(c) He proved the ignorance of a politically important person.
(d) His beliefs were not widely accepted.

2. What was Socrates' response when people commented on his wisdom?
(a) He was intelligent because he had learned so much from his students.
(b) God made him intelligent only so that he could pass that knowledge on to others.
(c) He only reflected the wisdom of those around him.
(d) Through all of his questioning, he had only become aware of how much he did not yet know.

3. Why didn't Socrates obtain a higher education?
(a) He couldn't afford it.
(b) He wasn't accepted to the University.
(c) No colleges or universities existed at the time.
(d) He didn't have the right political connections.

4. According to Book 1, Chapter 1, the oldest existing version of the dialogues is from what century?
(a) 2nd century C.E.
(b) 5th century C.E.
(c) 12th century C.E.
(d) 9th century C.E.

5. How many groups of information are in the book's introductory material?
(a) Three.
(b) Four.
(c) Five.
(d) Two.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the introductory notes, who is this version of "The Last Days of Socrates" intended for?

2. How were the four dialogues in "The Last Days of Socrates" chosen?

3. Which of the four dialogues did not occur at the same time as the others?

4. What city was Socrates loyal to?

5. Why do variations exist between the translations of the Socratic dialogues?

(see the answer key)

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