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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

3. As the discussion progressed, how did Euthyphro feel about his decision to prosecute a relative?
(a) He became more confident in his decision.
(b) He retained the same level of confidence in his decision.
(c) He acquiesced to Socrates' reasoning and changed his mind.
(d) He began to lose confidence in his decision.

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

5. How were the four dialogues in "The Last Days of Socrates" chosen?
(a) They dealt with death as subject matter.
(b) They were written down immediately after Socrates' death.
(c) They were written down and published shortly before Socrates' death.
(d) They were chronologically close to Socrates' death.

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

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

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

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

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

11. Who provides the information contained in the notes of Book 1, Chapter 1?
(a) Plato.
(b) Professional editors and scholars.
(c) The translator.
(d) Socrates.

12. What is "Memorabilia"?
(a) One of Aristophenes' plays.
(b) One of Xenophon's works.
(c) One of Plato's essays.
(d) One of the Socratic dialogues.

13. 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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the four dialogues did not occur at the same time as the others?

2. Socrates demonstrated his loyalty to his city in what capacity?

3. Who else disapproved of Euthyphro's decision?

4. To what Athenian god did Euthyphro refer as an example to back up his decision?

5. Who represented Socrates at his trial?

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