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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Euthyphro, the gods only received satisfaction from what?
(a) Saving mortals from peril.
(b) The happiness of mortals.
(c) Divine service.
(d) Holy actions.

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

3. What is the purpose of the notes in Book 1, Chapter 1?
(a) To help readers understand difficult words.
(b) To help put the information into context.
(c) To provide extra information for those who are interested.
(d) To provide anecdotes that make the text more interesting.

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

5. According to what Socrates told the jury, why did he hold dialogues with so many people?
(a) Because he wanted to expand his own store of knowledge.
(b) Because he was trying to determine the validity of the Athenian laws.
(c) Because he was dedicated to what he believed was Apollo's will.
(d) Because he wanted to find out how to interpret the answers of the Oracle.

6. Who was prosecuting Socrates?
(a) Phaedo.
(b) Euthyphro.
(c) Meletus.
(d) Crito.

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

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 corrupting them with his inquiries.
(c) He was having homosexual relationships with them.
(d) He was trying to cause them to rebel against the authorities.

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

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. Which of the four dialogues did not occur at the same time as the others?
(a) The fourth.
(b) The first.
(c) The second.
(d) The third.

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

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

15. What happened at the end of the dialogue between Euthyphro and Socrates?
(a) Socrates became frustrated that he couldn't get through to Euthyphro.
(b) They unearthed a circular argument, and Euthyphro ended the discussion.
(c) Despite wanting to continue the discussion, Socrates was called to trial.
(d) Euthyphro was unsettled and didn't want to talk to Socrates anymore.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Socrates say would happen if the jury condemned him?

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

3. Socrates was, supposedly, inspired by which of the Athenian deities?

4. What did Socrates learn as a result of his dialogue with Euthyphro?

5. Which of the four dialogues is "The Apology"?

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