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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Why was Socrates involved in political conflict?
(a) He wanted to be involved in politics, but wasn't educated enough.
(b) His beliefs were not widely accepted.
(c) He proved the ignorance of a politically important person.
(d) He manipulated politicians into conflicts with one another.

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

6. What aspect of the afterlife did Socrates claim to look forward to?
(a) Finally knowing the will of the gods.
(b) Meeting others who had passed on.
(c) Being free from pain.
(d) Not being subject to the judgments of others.

7. To what Athenian god did Euthyphro refer as an example to back up his decision?
(a) Ares.
(b) Perseus.
(c) Apollo.
(d) Zeus.

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

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

10. 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.

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

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

13. How did Socrates behave when his beliefs were challenged, according to Tarrant?
(a) He could be contentious.
(b) He tried to calmly explain to the other person why his beliefs were correct.
(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. What made Socrates sure that he had been doing Apollo's will?
(a) He was told what to do by a priest.
(b) He had received "divine signs".
(c) He didn't; it was just part of his defense.
(d) He was told so by an Oracle.

15. What did Socrates learn as a result of his dialogue with Euthyphro?
(a) He was more intelligent than Euthyphro and couldn't learn anything from him.
(b) He knew how to evaluate the holiness of his own actions, but not those of others.
(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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the biggest factor that confused the debate between Socrates and Euthyphro?

2. Who was prosecuting Socrates?

3. According to Book 1, Chapter 1, the oldest existing version of the dialogues is from what century?

4. Where was Socrates being prosecuted?

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

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