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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which of the four dialogues is "The Apology"?
(a) Fourth.
(b) Third.
(c) First.
(d) Second.

3. What did Socrates learn as a result of his dialogue with Euthyphro?
(a) He knew how to evaluate the holiness of his own actions, but not those of others.
(b) It was impossible to convince someone that their actions were immoral or unethical if they felt that they were doing the right thing.
(c) He was more intelligent than Euthyphro and couldn't learn anything from him.
(d) He didn't know what was holy or how to determine what was holy.

4. What was the biggest factor that confused the debate between Socrates and Euthyphro?
(a) Euthyphro's education and Socrates' lack thereof.
(b) The polytheistic nature of their religion.
(c) Euthyphro's inability to understand Socrates' reasoning.
(d) The lack of a written penal code.

5. Which two figures, in Athenian mythology, are twin siblings?
(a) Hera and Hermes.
(b) Apollo and Artemis.
(c) Narcissus and Echo.
(d) Zeus and Leto.

6. What evidence did the Athenian authorities use to accuse Socrates of blasphemy?
(a) It was rumored that he had a "daemon", or an inner voice that was supposedly of divine origin.
(b) He openly praised gods other than the Athenian deities.
(c) He wrote a dissertation on the effectiveness of prayer based on responses he received to his inquiries.
(d) He was overheard questioning an Oracle about her faith.

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

8. Why was the Oracle at Delphi created?
(a) Because the gods wanted a female virgin to provide sacrifices to them.
(b) Because Apollo did not have time to answer all the questions that mortals had for him.
(c) Because the Athenians wanted to have a leader for the church.
(d) Because Apollo couldn't speak to mortals himself.

9. What was Euthyphro's relationship to the victim?
(a) Euthyphro worked on the victim's farm.
(b) Euthyphro was childhood friends with the victim.
(c) The victim worked in Euthyphro's household.
(d) The victim knew Euthyphro's father well.

10. According to what Socrates told the jury, why did he hold dialogues with so many people?
(a) Because he was dedicated to what he believed was Apollo's will.
(b) Because he wanted to find out how to interpret the answers of the Oracle.
(c) Because he wanted to expand his own store of knowledge.
(d) Because he was trying to determine the validity of the Athenian laws.

11. Socrates demonstrated his loyalty to his city in what capacity?
(a) Soldier.
(b) Senator.
(c) Mayor.
(d) Headmaster.

12. How did Grecian authors use Socrates' character?
(a) They used his name for characters who expressed ideas, which had no real ties to the actual Socrates.
(b) They used him to represent the concept of knowledge.
(c) They didn't, because they disliked him.
(d) They wrote biographies of Socrates, which are more or less accurate.

13. What was Socrates' objection to Euthyphro prosecuting his relative?
(a) Euthyphro had no way to be sure he was prosecuting the right person.
(b) Euthyphro was known to have committed some minor crimes himself, and no one in his family prosecuted him for it.
(c) Euthyphro didn't know all of the circumstances surrounding the crime.
(d) Loyalty to family should come before loyalty to the law.

14. How did the conversation between Socrates and Euthyphro begin?
(a) Euthyphro wanted to offer Socrates advice on his defense.
(b) Euthyphro asked Socrates why he was at a place where there were trials taking place.
(c) Socrates asked Euthyphro why he was wearing formal regalia.
(d) Socrates asked Euthyphro if he was the plaintiff or the defendant at his trial.

15. Who was prosecuting Socrates?
(a) Crito.
(b) Meletus.
(c) Euthyphro.
(d) Phaedo.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. To what Athenian god did Euthyphro refer as an example to back up his decision?

4. What made Socrates sure that he had been doing Apollo's will?

5. Who originally arranged these four dialogues in a group?

(see the answer keys)

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