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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. During "The Apology," what does Socrates say about politicians and poets?
(a) It was difficult to converse with them because they talked in circles.
(b) They usually pretend to have knowledge that, in reality, they lack.
(c) He was able to learn a lot from them.
(d) They are generally more intelligent than average laborers.

4. Why did Socrates begin his practice of Socratic inquiry?
(a) To engage learned men in conversation.
(b) To determine the guilt or innocence of a suspected criminal.
(c) To help students prepare for examinations.
(d) To help people gain greater insight into their own characters.

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

6. 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.

7. What question did Socrates' friend ask of the Oracle?
(a) If Socrates was guilty of the crimes he was accused of committing.
(b) If there was anyone wiser than Socrates.
(c) If there was any way to save Socrates.
(d) If Socrates would be willing to stop his inquiries to avoid a punishment.

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

9. How did Euthyphro react to Socrates' objections?
(a) He changed his mind and decided not to move forward with the trial.
(b) He began to second-guess himself and asked Socrates for advice on how to proceed.
(c) He pointed out that Socrates did not know all the circumstances surrounding his decision.
(d) He stated that a crime is a crime, and should be punished accordingly, regardless of who committed it.

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

11. How did Socrates describe himself?
(a) An inquisitive man.
(b) An expert in philosophy.
(c) A purveyor of knowledge.
(d) A professor of truths.

12. According to the conversation between Euthyphro and Socrates, what was the relationship between deities and mortals?
(a) Men were at the mercy of the gods.
(b) The gods would not exist without men.
(c) The gods and mortals had a mutual relationship.
(d) The gods need men to give them a purpose.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How many people were jurors at Socrates' trial?

3. According to the introductory notes, who is this version of "The Last Days of Socrates" intended for?

4. Who went to see the Apollonian Oracle at Delphi?

5. Thrasyllus was a scholar from what century?

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