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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. The people of his city felt that, for Socrates to have survived this battle, it must have taken a great deal of what?
(a) Luck.
(b) Diplomacy.
(c) Courage.
(d) Wisdom.

4. Who was Xenophon?
(a) A Greek playwright.
(b) A Roman scholar.
(c) An Athenian author.
(d) A Spartan warrior.

5. The victim of the crime committed by Euthyphro's relative had committed what crime himself?
(a) Murder.
(b) Robbery.
(c) Fraud.
(d) Adultery.

6. Where was Socrates being prosecuted?
(a) Athens.
(b) Sparta.
(c) Thrace.
(d) Lyceum.

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

8. As a result of his inquiries, Socrates concluded that he was wise in what way?
(a) The awareness of his own ignorance.
(b) Helping others to achieve a higher level of self-awareness.
(c) Enabling others to see the flaws in their reasoning.
(d) Determining the morality of others' actions.

9. Why do variations exist between the translations of the Socratic dialogues?
(a) They are written for different audiences.
(b) There were long periods of time between the translations, so some have archaic language.
(c) There are very few variations, only hair-splitting will reveal the differences.
(d) The translations were written by people of varying levels of education.

10. 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 need men to give them a purpose.
(c) The gods would not exist without men.
(d) The gods and mortals had a mutual relationship.

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 have his friends avenge him.
(c) He would flee the country and begin philosophizing somewhere else.
(d) He would respectfully accept the punishment they chose for him.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Socrates pay for his education?

2. Why was the Oracle at Delphi created?

3. Which two figures, in Athenian mythology, are twin siblings?

4. What is the first of the four dialogues contained in "The Last Days of Socrates"?

5. Where was the battle that Socrates miraculously survived?

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