The Last Days of Socrates Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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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. According to Tarrant, what is the quality and accuracy of the dialogues originally recorded by Plato?
(a) Somewhat high.
(b) Very high.
(c) Very low.
(d) Somewhat low.

2. Who provides the information contained in the notes of Book 1, Chapter 1?
(a) Professional editors and scholars.
(b) Plato.
(c) Socrates.
(d) The translator.

3. Why did Socrates begin his practice of Socratic inquiry?
(a) To determine the guilt or innocence of a suspected criminal.
(b) To help people gain greater insight into their own characters.
(c) To engage learned men in conversation.
(d) To help students prepare for examinations.

4. Approximately how many years ago did the Socratic dialogues take place?
(a) 5200.
(b) 2300.
(c) 1900.
(d) 3100.

5. What is the purpose of the notes in Book 1, Chapter 1?
(a) To help put the information into context.
(b) To help readers understand difficult words.
(c) To provide anecdotes that make the text more interesting.
(d) To provide extra information for those who are interested.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Grecian authors use Socrates' character?

2. Thrasyllus was a scholar from what century?

3. How did Socrates pay for his education?

4. Why are the Socratic dialogues still studied, according to Tarrant?

5. According to Tarrant, this version of the Socratic dialogues is unique in what way?

(see the answer key)

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