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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) The polytheistic nature of their religion.
(d) Euthyphro's inability to understand Socrates' reasoning.

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

3. 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) They are challenging for students to comprehend.
(c) Because scholars still don't completely understand them.
(d) The information contained in the dialogues is still relevant.

4. What evidence did the Athenian authorities use to accuse Socrates of blasphemy?
(a) It was rumored that he had a "daemon", or an inner voice that was supposedly of divine origin.
(b) He openly praised gods other than the Athenian deities.
(c) He was overheard questioning an Oracle about her faith.
(d) He wrote a dissertation on the effectiveness of prayer based on responses he received to his inquiries.

5. 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.

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

7. Why was Socrates involved in political conflict?
(a) He proved the ignorance of a politically important person.
(b) He manipulated politicians into conflicts with one another.
(c) He wanted to be involved in politics, but wasn't educated enough.
(d) His beliefs were not widely accepted.

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

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

10. Who else disapproved of Euthyphro's decision?
(a) His wife.
(b) His mother.
(c) Many people.
(d) His son.

11. People who knew Socrates referred to what quality that he possessed?
(a) Spirituality.
(b) Other-worldiness.
(c) Supernatural intellect.
(d) Generosity.

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

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

14. At the end of his dialogue with Euthyphro, how did Socrates define "holy" actions?
(a) Actions that meet with the gods' approval.
(b) Actions that do not break any man-made laws.
(c) Actions that meet with the approval of those appointed by the gods as their representatives on earth.
(d) Actions that were once performed by the gods themselves.

15. According to Socrates, why did he begin questioning the answer of the Oracle at Delphi?
(a) Because he wanted to confirm that his friend had told him the truth.
(b) Because he felt that the Oracle's answer had been misinterpreted.
(c) Because he did not believe in the authority of the Athenian gods.
(d) Because he felt that the Oracle's answer was incorrect.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Socrates behave when his beliefs were challenged, according to Tarrant?

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

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

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

5. Where was Socrates being prosecuted?

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