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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to Euthyphro, the gods only received satisfaction from what?
(a) Holy actions.
(b) Divine service.
(c) Saving mortals from peril.
(d) The happiness of mortals.

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

4. How many charges were being leveled against Socrates?
(a) Four.
(b) Six.
(c) Eight.
(d) Two.

5. Why do variations exist between the translations of the Socratic dialogues?
(a) There were long periods of time between the translations, so some have archaic language.
(b) They are written for different audiences.
(c) The translations were written by people of varying levels of education.
(d) There are very few variations, only hair-splitting will reveal the differences.

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

7. Which Athenian god is associated with the sun?
(a) Apollo.
(b) Zeus.
(c) Ares.
(d) Hermes.

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

9. Which of Aristophenes' works include Socrates?
(a) "The Phaedo."
(b) "Memorabilia."
(c) "The Wasteland."
(d) "The Clouds."

10. How did Euthyphro react to Socrates' objections?
(a) He stated that a crime is a crime, and should be punished accordingly, regardless of who committed it.
(b) He pointed out that Socrates did not know all the circumstances surrounding his decision.
(c) He changed his mind and decided not to move forward with the trial.
(d) He began to second-guess himself and asked Socrates for advice on how to proceed.

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

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

13. According to the introductory notes, who is this version of "The Last Days of Socrates" intended for?
(a) College and university students.
(b) The layperson.
(c) Serious philosophy scholars.
(d) Teachers and professors.

14. 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.

15. The people of his city felt that, for Socrates to have survived this battle, it must have taken a great deal of what?
(a) Wisdom.
(b) Diplomacy.
(c) Courage.
(d) Luck.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Socrates pay for his education?

2. What was the biggest factor that confused the debate between Socrates and Euthyphro?

3. What aspect of the afterlife did Socrates claim to look forward to?

4. As the discussion progressed, how did Euthyphro feel about his decision to prosecute a relative?

5. Which two figures, in Athenian mythology, are twin siblings?

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