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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 supplying them with drugs and alcohol.
(d) He was trying to cause them to rebel against the authorities.

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

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

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

7. 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) The information contained in the dialogues is still relevant.
(d) They are challenging for students to comprehend.

8. What made Socrates sure that he had been doing Apollo's will?
(a) He was told so by an Oracle.
(b) He didn't; it was just part of his defense.
(c) He was told what to do by a priest.
(d) He had received "divine signs".

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

10. Why didn't Socrates obtain a higher education?
(a) He wasn't accepted to the University.
(b) He didn't have the right political connections.
(c) He couldn't afford it.
(d) No colleges or universities existed at the time.

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

12. Why did Socrates begin his practice of Socratic inquiry?
(a) To engage learned men in conversation.
(b) To help people gain greater insight into their own characters.
(c) To determine the guilt or innocence of a suspected criminal.
(d) To help students prepare for examinations.

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

14. How many people were jurors at Socrates' trial?
(a) About 250.
(b) 12.
(c) 25.
(d) About 500.

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 provide anecdotes that make the text more interesting.
(c) To help put the information into context.
(d) To help readers understand difficult words.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the biggest factor that confused the debate between Socrates and Euthyphro?

2. What is the date that the first dialogue was written?

3. What happened at the end of the dialogue between Euthyphro and Socrates?

4. Who writes the comments introducing the first dialogue?

5. Which two figures, in Athenian mythology, are twin siblings?

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