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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Book 1, Chapter 1, the oldest existing version of the dialogues is from what century?
(a) 12th century C.E.
(b) 5th century C.E.
(c) 2nd century C.E.
(d) 9th century C.E.

2. How did Socrates pay for his education?
(a) He didn't - he educated himself by talking to learned men.
(b) He borrowed money from a bank.
(c) He tutored the children of rich aristocrats.
(d) He lectured at universities.

3. Which Athenian god is associated with the sun?
(a) Zeus.
(b) Ares.
(c) Hermes.
(d) Apollo.

4. Which two values are often found together in Socratic philosophy?
(a) Wisdom and strength.
(b) Piety and justice.
(c) Justice and wisdom.
(d) Wisdom and piety.

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

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

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

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

9. What did Socrates learn as a result of his dialogue with Euthyphro?
(a) He didn't know what was holy or how to determine what was holy.
(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 knew how to evaluate the holiness of his own actions, but not those of others.

10. How did the conversation between Socrates and Euthyphro begin?
(a) Euthyphro asked Socrates why he was at a place where there were trials taking place.
(b) Socrates asked Euthyphro why he was wearing formal regalia.
(c) Euthyphro wanted to offer Socrates advice on his defense.
(d) Socrates asked Euthyphro if he was the plaintiff or the defendant at his trial.

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

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

13. Where was the battle that Socrates miraculously survived?
(a) Lyceum.
(b) Sparta.
(c) Thrace.
(d) Athens.

14. How does Tarrant recommend avoiding confusion based on differences in pagination between the versions?
(a) Use overhead projections or online versions of the book.
(b) Make sure everyone who is working on the dialogues has the same version.
(c) Have everyone work on handouts that are all copied from the same book.
(d) Using content as a reference, instead of pagination.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Approximately how many years ago did the Socratic dialogues take place?

2. What was Socrates' response when people commented on his wisdom?

3. What evidence did the Athenian authorities use to accuse Socrates of blasphemy?

4. Who writes the comments introducing the first dialogue?

5. Who was Euthyphro prosecuting?

(see the answer keys)

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