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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What was unsettling, to Socrates, about the conversation he had with Euthyphro?
(a) There were some portions of Euthyphro's argument that Socrates had difficulty understanding.
(b) He realized there was no way to know for sure what the gods wanted.
(c) Socrates knew that Euthyphro was going to go ahead with his prosecution, even though Socrates believed it was immoral.
(d) Euthyphro did not seem to care about Socrates' point of view.

3. At the end of his dialogue with Euthyphro, how did Socrates define "holy" actions?
(a) Actions that meet with the approval of those appointed by the gods as their representatives on earth.
(b) Actions that were once performed by the gods themselves.
(c) Actions that meet with the gods' approval.
(d) Actions that do not break any man-made laws.

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

5. What is the date that the first dialogue was written?
(a) 537 B.C.E.
(b) Unknown.
(c) 462 B.C.E.
(d) 128 C.E.

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

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

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

9. According to Book 1, Chapter 1, the oldest existing version of the dialogues is from what century?
(a) 12th century C.E.
(b) 5th century C.E.
(c) 2nd century C.E.
(d) 9th century C.E.

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

11. How did Socrates pay for his education?
(a) He tutored the children of rich aristocrats.
(b) He borrowed money from a bank.
(c) He didn't - he educated himself by talking to learned men.
(d) He lectured at universities.

12. Which two values are often found together in Socratic philosophy?
(a) Piety and justice.
(b) Wisdom and piety.
(c) Justice and wisdom.
(d) Wisdom and strength.

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

14. Why didn't Socrates obtain a higher education?
(a) He didn't have the right political connections.
(b) He couldn't afford it.
(c) No colleges or universities existed at the time.
(d) He wasn't accepted to the University.

15. What is the first of the four dialogues contained in "The Last Days of Socrates"?
(a) The Apology.
(b) The Crito.
(c) The Euthyphro.
(d) The Phaedo.

Short Answer Questions

1. The people of his city felt that, for Socrates to have survived this battle, it must have taken a great deal of what?

2. Thrasyllus was a scholar from what century?

3. Who writes the comments introducing the first dialogue?

4. How did Grecian authors use Socrates' character?

5. Why was the Oracle at Delphi created?

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