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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What were Socrates and Euthyphro attempting to use as a measure to determine the morality of Euthyphro's decision?
(a) The approval of the gods.
(b) The relationships in Euthyphro's family.
(c) The laws of Athens.
(d) The unspoken code of conduct by which most Athenians abide.

2. What aspect of the afterlife did Socrates claim to look forward to?
(a) Finally knowing the will of the gods.
(b) Not being subject to the judgments of others.
(c) Being free from pain.
(d) Meeting others who had passed on.

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

4. Who was Xenophon?
(a) An Athenian author.
(b) A Roman scholar.
(c) A Greek playwright.
(d) A Spartan warrior.

5. The victim of the crime committed by Euthyphro's relative had committed what crime himself?
(a) Fraud.
(b) Adultery.
(c) Robbery.
(d) Murder.

6. Which of the four dialogues did not occur at the same time as the others?
(a) The fourth.
(b) The second.
(c) The first.
(d) The third.

7. Where was Socrates being prosecuted?
(a) Lyceum.
(b) Sparta.
(c) Athens.
(d) Thrace.

8. What made Socrates sure that he had been doing Apollo's will?
(a) He was told what to do by a priest.
(b) He was told so by an Oracle.
(c) He didn't; it was just part of his defense.
(d) He had received "divine signs".

9. How were the four dialogues in "The Last Days of Socrates" chosen?
(a) They were written down immediately after Socrates' death.
(b) They dealt with death as subject matter.
(c) They were written down and published shortly before Socrates' death.
(d) They were chronologically close to Socrates' death.

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

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

12. What does the term "epistemology" mean, in philosophy?
(a) Using logic to prove an argument.
(b) The love of knowledge.
(c) The problem of knowledge, and how to acquire it.
(d) Proving the inconsistency of another's argument.

13. Euthyphro was prosecuting someone for what crime?
(a) Adultery.
(b) Murder.
(c) Blasphemy.
(d) Larceny.

14. What word is used, by Tarrant, to describe Socrates' manner at his trial?
(a) "Apathetic."
(b) "Flippant."
(c) "Aloof."
(d) "Irresponsible."

15. Who represented Socrates at his trial?
(a) He represented himself.
(b) Euthyphro.
(c) Plato.
(d) Xenophenes.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who writes the comments introducing the first dialogue?

2. As a result of his inquiries, Socrates concluded that he was wise in what way?

3. How old was Socrates at the time of his trial?

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

5. At the end of his dialogue with Euthyphro, how did Socrates define "holy" actions?

(see the answer keys)

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