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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who originally arranged these four dialogues in a group?
(a) Socrates.
(b) Tarrant.
(c) Thrasyllus.
(d) Plato.

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

3. Why do variations exist between the translations of the Socratic dialogues?
(a) They are written for different audiences.
(b) There were long periods of time between the translations, so some have archaic language.
(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.

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

5. Who went to see the Apollonian Oracle at Delphi?
(a) Xenophenes.
(b) Chearephon.
(c) Plato.
(d) Socrates.

6. 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 expand his own store of knowledge.
(c) Because he wanted to find out how to interpret the answers of the Oracle.
(d) Because he was trying to determine the validity of the Athenian laws.

7. Why are the Socratic dialogues still studied, according to Tarrant?
(a) The information contained in the dialogues is still relevant.
(b) Because scholars still don't completely understand them.
(c) They must be mastered before other important material from the same time period can be studied.
(d) They are challenging for students to comprehend.

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

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

10. 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 knew how to evaluate the holiness of his own actions, but not those of others.
(c) He didn't know what was holy or how to determine what was holy.
(d) It was impossible to convince someone that their actions were immoral or unethical if they felt that they were doing the right thing.

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

12. What question did Socrates' friend ask of the Oracle?
(a) If Socrates would be willing to stop his inquiries to avoid a punishment.
(b) If Socrates was guilty of the crimes he was accused of committing.
(c) If there was any way to save Socrates.
(d) If there was anyone wiser than Socrates.

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

14. How did Socrates receive his sentencing?
(a) He said nothing and quietly left the courtroom.
(b) He collapsed on the floor in tears.
(c) He said that, at his age, death was far preferable to banishment.
(d) He swore vengeance on the jurors and his prosecutor.

15. During "The Apology," what does Socrates say about politicians and poets?
(a) He was able to learn a lot from them.
(b) They usually pretend to have knowledge that, in reality, they lack.
(c) They are generally more intelligent than average laborers.
(d) It was difficult to converse with them because they talked in circles.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Socrates pay for his education?

2. How did Socrates describe himself?

3. According to Book 1, Chapter 1, the oldest existing version of the dialogues is from what century?

4. What were Socrates and Euthyphro attempting to use as a measure to determine the morality of Euthyphro's decision?

5. What city was Socrates loyal to?

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