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Multiple Choice Questions

1. As a result of his inquiries, Socrates concluded that he was wise in what way?
(a) The awareness of his own ignorance.
(b) Enabling others to see the flaws in their reasoning.
(c) Helping others to achieve a higher level of self-awareness.
(d) Determining the morality of others' actions.

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

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

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

5. To what Athenian god did Euthyphro refer as an example to back up his decision?
(a) Ares.
(b) Zeus.
(c) Perseus.
(d) Apollo.

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

7. What was the biggest factor that confused the debate between Socrates and Euthyphro?
(a) Euthyphro's inability to understand Socrates' reasoning.
(b) Euthyphro's education and Socrates' lack thereof.
(c) The lack of a written penal code.
(d) The polytheistic nature of their religion.

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

9. What evidence did the Athenian authorities use to accuse Socrates of blasphemy?
(a) He openly praised gods other than the Athenian deities.
(b) He wrote a dissertation on the effectiveness of prayer based on responses he received to his inquiries.
(c) He was overheard questioning an Oracle about her faith.
(d) It was rumored that he had a "daemon", or an inner voice that was supposedly of divine origin.

10. How many groups of information are in the book's introductory material?
(a) Three.
(b) Two.
(c) Five.
(d) Four.

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

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

13. According to his conversation with Euthyphro, how did Socrates feel about the charges being brought against him?
(a) He was unconcerned because the charges, to him, were minor.
(b) Socrates doesn't mention the charges to Euthyphro.
(c) He was not worried about the outcome of the trial because he knew that he was innocent.
(d) He felt that the accusations made against him were major.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why are the Socratic dialogues still studied, according to Tarrant?

2. Socrates claimed that he was questioning Euthyphro for what reason?

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

4. How were the four dialogues in "The Last Days of Socrates" chosen?

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

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