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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does "apology" mean, in the context of the dialogue of that name?
(a) An explanation for one's behavior.
(b) A plea to the jury for forgiveness.
(c) Socrates' entire defense at his trial.
(d) The same as its modern definition.

2. What did Socrates learn as a result of his dialogue with Euthyphro?
(a) He knew how to evaluate the holiness of his own actions, but not those of others.
(b) He was more intelligent than Euthyphro and couldn't learn anything from him.
(c) He didn't know what was holy or how to determine what was holy.
(d) It was impossible to convince someone that their actions were immoral or unethical if they felt that they were doing the right thing.

3. 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.

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

5. How did Socrates receive his sentencing?
(a) He collapsed on the floor in tears.
(b) He swore vengeance on the jurors and his prosecutor.
(c) He said that, at his age, death was far preferable to banishment.
(d) He said nothing and quietly left the courtroom.

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

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

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

9. According to Euthyphro, the gods only received satisfaction from what?
(a) Holy actions.
(b) Divine service.
(c) Saving mortals from peril.
(d) The happiness of mortals.

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

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

12. According to Tarrant, this version of the Socratic dialogues is unique in what way?
(a) The translation of the dialogues.
(b) The dialogues contained within.
(c) The notes and pagination.
(d) The content of the dialogues.

13. What accusation was being leveled against Socrates regarding his relationship with the young men of Athens?
(a) He was trying to cause them to rebel against the authorities.
(b) He was supplying them with drugs and alcohol.
(c) He was having homosexual relationships with them.
(d) He was corrupting them with his inquiries.

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

15. Why do variations exist between the translations of the Socratic dialogues?
(a) There were long periods of time between the translations, so some have archaic language.
(b) The translations were written by people of varying levels of education.
(c) They are written for different audiences.
(d) There are very few variations, only hair-splitting will reveal the differences.

Short Answer Questions

1. What city was Socrates loyal to?

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

3. What word is used, by Tarrant, to describe Socrates' manner at his trial?

4. Why was Socrates involved in political conflict?

5. Why did Socrates begin his practice of Socratic inquiry?

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