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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why was the Oracle at Delphi created?
(a) Because the gods wanted a female virgin to provide sacrifices to them.
(b) Because Apollo couldn't speak to mortals himself.
(c) Because Apollo did not have time to answer all the questions that mortals had for him.
(d) Because the Athenians wanted to have a leader for the church.

2. What does "apology" mean, in the context of the dialogue of that name?
(a) An explanation for one's behavior.
(b) Socrates' entire defense at his trial.
(c) A plea to the jury for forgiveness.
(d) The same as its modern definition.

3. Who was Euthyphro prosecuting?
(a) His brother.
(b) His uncle.
(c) His cousin.
(d) His father.

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

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

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

7. 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 just wanted to have an intellectual debate.
(c) Because he wanted Euthyphro to make the best decision for his circumstances.
(d) Because he wanted to learn from Euthyphro.

8. Which of the four dialogues is "The Apology"?
(a) Third.
(b) First.
(c) Second.
(d) Fourth.

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

10. Who was Xenophon?
(a) A Roman scholar.
(b) A Spartan warrior.
(c) A Greek playwright.
(d) An Athenian author.

11. How many charges were being leveled against Socrates?
(a) Eight.
(b) Two.
(c) Six.
(d) Four.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What accusation was being leveled against Socrates regarding his relationship with the young men of Athens?

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

4. People who knew Socrates referred to what quality that he possessed?

5. How did Socrates pay for his education?

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