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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Tarrant, what is the quality and accuracy of the dialogues originally recorded by Plato?
(a) Very low.
(b) Somewhat high.
(c) Somewhat low.
(d) Very high.

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

3. 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 questioned the other person until they ran out of answers, and he felt he had won.
(c) He was respectful of the other party's point of view.
(d) He could be contentious.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Thrasyllus was a scholar from what century?
(a) 1st century C.E.
(b) 2nd century C.E.
(c) 3rd century C.E.
(d) 1st century B.C.E.

11. What did Socrates say would happen if the jury condemned him?
(a) They would not harm him, but would harm themselves.
(b) He would flee the country and begin philosophizing somewhere else.
(c) He would respectfully accept the punishment they chose for him.
(d) He would have his friends avenge him.

12. What was Euthyphro's relationship to the victim?
(a) Euthyphro was childhood friends with the victim.
(b) The victim knew Euthyphro's father well.
(c) The victim worked in Euthyphro's household.
(d) Euthyphro worked on the victim's farm.

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

14. Who represented Socrates at his trial?
(a) Euthyphro.
(b) Xenophenes.
(c) Plato.
(d) He represented himself.

15. 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) It was impossible to convince someone that their actions were immoral or unethical if they felt that they were doing the right thing.
(c) He was more intelligent than Euthyphro and couldn't learn anything from him.
(d) He didn't know what was holy or how to determine what was holy.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Where was Socrates being prosecuted?

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

5. What is "Memorabilia"?

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