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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. According to the introductory notes, who is this version of "The Last Days of Socrates" intended for?
(a) The layperson.
(b) Teachers and professors.
(c) Serious philosophy scholars.
(d) College and university students.

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

7. Euthyphro was prosecuting someone for what crime?
(a) Larceny.
(b) Adultery.
(c) Blasphemy.
(d) Murder.

8. Why didn't Socrates obtain a higher education?
(a) He wasn't accepted to the University.
(b) No colleges or universities existed at the time.
(c) He couldn't afford it.
(d) He didn't have the right political connections.

9. Which two figures, in Athenian mythology, are twin siblings?
(a) Apollo and Artemis.
(b) Narcissus and Echo.
(c) Zeus and Leto.
(d) Hera and Hermes.

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

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

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

13. What made Socrates sure that he had been doing Apollo's will?
(a) He was told so by an Oracle.
(b) He was told what to do by a priest.
(c) He didn't; it was just part of his defense.
(d) He had received "divine signs".

14. Why are the Socratic dialogues still studied, according to Tarrant?
(a) They are challenging for students to comprehend.
(b) They must be mastered before other important material from the same time period can be studied.
(c) The information contained in the dialogues is still relevant.
(d) Because scholars still don't completely understand them.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Euthyphro prosecuting?

2. What were Socrates and Euthyphro attempting to use as a measure to determine the morality of Euthyphro's decision?

3. How did Socrates pay for his education?

4. How did the conversation between Socrates and Euthyphro begin?

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

(see the answer keys)

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