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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Socrates was, supposedly, inspired by which of the Athenian deities?
(a) Athena.
(b) Apollo.
(c) Zeus.
(d) None of them.

2. Thrasyllus was a scholar from what century?
(a) 3rd century C.E.
(b) 2nd century C.E.
(c) 1st century B.C.E.
(d) 1st century C.E.

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

4. How did Socrates behave when his beliefs were challenged, according to Tarrant?
(a) He questioned the other person until they ran out of answers, and he felt he had won.
(b) He tried to calmly explain to the other person why his beliefs were correct.
(c) He could be contentious.
(d) He was respectful of the other party's point of view.

5. Why was the Oracle at Delphi created?
(a) Because the Athenians wanted to have a leader for the church.
(b) Because Apollo did not have time to answer all the questions that mortals had for him.
(c) Because the gods wanted a female virgin to provide sacrifices to them.
(d) Because Apollo couldn't speak to mortals himself.

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

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

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

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

10. How did Grecian authors use Socrates' character?
(a) They used him to represent the concept of knowledge.
(b) They didn't, because they disliked him.
(c) They wrote biographies of Socrates, which are more or less accurate.
(d) They used his name for characters who expressed ideas, which had no real ties to the actual Socrates.

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

12. 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) 9th century C.E.
(d) 2nd century C.E.

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

14. How many people were jurors at Socrates' trial?
(a) 12.
(b) About 500.
(c) 25.
(d) About 250.

15. How old was Socrates at the time of his trial?
(a) 70.
(b) 63.
(c) 52.
(d) 81.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened at the end of the dialogue between Euthyphro and Socrates?

2. What is the date that the first dialogue was written?

3. What did Socrates learn as a result of his dialogue with Euthyphro?

4. Why was Socrates involved in political conflict?

5. What does the term "epistemology" mean, in philosophy?

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