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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 laws of Athens.
(b) The unspoken code of conduct by which most Athenians abide.
(c) The relationships in Euthyphro's family.
(d) The approval of the gods.

2. How does Tarrant recommend avoiding confusion based on differences in pagination between the versions?
(a) Make sure everyone who is working on the dialogues has the same version.
(b) Have everyone work on handouts that are all copied from the same book.
(c) Using content as a reference, instead of pagination.
(d) Use overhead projections or online versions of the book.

3. What city was Socrates loyal to?
(a) Troy.
(b) Athens.
(c) Sparta.
(d) Thrace.

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

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

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

7. 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) 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 knew how to evaluate the holiness of his own actions, but not those of others.
(d) He didn't know what was holy or how to determine what was holy.

8. Why was Socrates involved in political conflict?
(a) He wanted to be involved in politics, but wasn't educated enough.
(b) He manipulated politicians into conflicts with one another.
(c) He proved the ignorance of a politically important person.
(d) His beliefs were not widely accepted.

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

10. How well did the Grecian authors portray Socrates' beliefs?
(a) The beliefs held by the characters based on Socrates may not have been similar to Socrates' at all.
(b) They accurately portrayed Socrates' philosophy and logic, but not his beliefs.
(c) They attempted to always portray Socrates accurately, with varying degrees of success.
(d) They tried to stick very closely to the beliefs Socrates actually held.

11. What happened at the end of the dialogue between Euthyphro and Socrates?
(a) They unearthed a circular argument, and Euthyphro ended the discussion.
(b) Socrates became frustrated that he couldn't get through to Euthyphro.
(c) Despite wanting to continue the discussion, Socrates was called to trial.
(d) Euthyphro was unsettled and didn't want to talk to Socrates anymore.

12. 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 knew Euthyphro's father well.
(d) The victim worked in Euthyphro's household.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the four dialogues is "The Apology"?

2. What accusation was being leveled against Socrates regarding his relationship with the young men of Athens?

3. What was Socrates' response when people commented on his wisdom?

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

5. Why do variations exist between the translations of the Socratic dialogues?

(see the answer keys)

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