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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Who was Euthyphro prosecuting?
(a) His brother.
(b) His father.
(c) His cousin.
(d) His uncle.

4. Who writes the comments introducing the first dialogue?
(a) Tarrant.
(b) Socrates.
(c) Tredennick.
(d) Plato.

5. 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.

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

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

8. Euthyphro was prosecuting someone for what crime?
(a) Adultery.
(b) Larceny.
(c) Murder.
(d) Blasphemy.

9. People who knew Socrates referred to what quality that he possessed?
(a) Other-worldiness.
(b) Supernatural intellect.
(c) Generosity.
(d) Spirituality.

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

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

12. What class of people, in Athens, did Socrates really enjoy having dialogues with?
(a) Politicians.
(b) Skilled craftsmen.
(c) Artists.
(d) Laborers.

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

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As a result of his inquiries, Socrates concluded that he was wise in what way?

2. According to Euthyphro, the gods only received satisfaction from what?

3. As the discussion progressed, how did Euthyphro feel about his decision to prosecute a relative?

4. What city was Socrates loyal to?

5. According to Tarrant, what is the quality and accuracy of the dialogues originally recorded by Plato?

(see the answer keys)

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