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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How well did the Grecian authors portray Socrates' beliefs?
(a) The beliefs held by the characters based on Socrates may not have been similar to Socrates' at all.
(b) They attempted to always portray Socrates accurately, with varying degrees of success.
(c) They accurately portrayed Socrates' philosophy and logic, but not his beliefs.
(d) They tried to stick very closely to the beliefs Socrates actually held.

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

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

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

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

6. What was unsettling, to Socrates, about the conversation he had with Euthyphro?
(a) There were some portions of Euthyphro's argument that Socrates had difficulty understanding.
(b) Socrates knew that Euthyphro was going to go ahead with his prosecution, even though Socrates believed it was immoral.
(c) He realized there was no way to know for sure what the gods wanted.
(d) Euthyphro did not seem to care about Socrates' point of view.

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

8. What accusation was being leveled against Socrates regarding his relationship with the young men of Athens?
(a) He was supplying them with drugs and alcohol.
(b) He was having homosexual relationships with them.
(c) He was trying to cause them to rebel against the authorities.
(d) He was corrupting them with his inquiries.

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

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

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

12. Socrates claimed that he was questioning Euthyphro for what reason?
(a) Because he wanted Euthyphro to make the best decision for his circumstances.
(b) Because he just wanted to have an intellectual debate.
(c) Because he wanted to learn from Euthyphro.
(d) Because he wanted Euthyphro to see the error of his decision.

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

14. Who originally arranged these four dialogues in a group?
(a) Plato.
(b) Tarrant.
(c) Thrasyllus.
(d) Socrates.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which Athenian god is associated with the sun?

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

3. How many charges were being leveled against Socrates?

4. What was Socrates' objection to Euthyphro prosecuting his relative?

5. During "The Apology," what does Socrates say about politicians and poets?

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