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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the date that the first dialogue was written?
(a) 128 C.E.
(b) Unknown.
(c) 462 B.C.E.
(d) 537 B.C.E.

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

4. What is the first of the four dialogues contained in "The Last Days of Socrates"?
(a) The Euthyphro.
(b) The Phaedo.
(c) The Crito.
(d) The Apology.

5. How did Socrates behave when his beliefs were challenged, according to Tarrant?
(a) He questioned the other person until they ran out of answers, and he felt he had won.
(b) He could be contentious.
(c) He was respectful of the other party's point of view.
(d) He tried to calmly explain to the other person why his beliefs were correct.

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

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

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

9. What did Socrates learn as a result of his dialogue with Euthyphro?
(a) It was impossible to convince someone that their actions were immoral or unethical if they felt that they were doing the right thing.
(b) He knew how to evaluate the holiness of his own actions, but not those of others.
(c) He didn't know what was holy or how to determine what was holy.
(d) He was more intelligent than Euthyphro and couldn't learn anything from him.

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

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

12. What was Socrates' objection to Euthyphro prosecuting his relative?
(a) Euthyphro didn't know all of the circumstances surrounding the crime.
(b) Loyalty to family should come before loyalty to the law.
(c) Euthyphro was known to have committed some minor crimes himself, and no one in his family prosecuted him for it.
(d) Euthyphro had no way to be sure he was prosecuting the right person.

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

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Xenophon?

2. How did Socrates describe himself?

3. Euthyphro was prosecuting someone for what crime?

4. Who was prosecuting Socrates?

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

(see the answer keys)

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