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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which two figures, in Athenian mythology, are twin siblings?
(a) Hera and Hermes.
(b) Narcissus and Echo.
(c) Apollo and Artemis.
(d) Zeus and Leto.

2. According to Book 1, Chapter 1, the oldest existing version of the dialogues is from what century?
(a) 2nd century C.E.
(b) 12th century C.E.
(c) 5th century C.E.
(d) 9th century C.E.

3. What aspect of the afterlife did Socrates claim to look forward to?
(a) Meeting others who had passed on.
(b) Being free from pain.
(c) Not being subject to the judgments of others.
(d) Finally knowing the will of the gods.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As the discussion progressed, how did Euthyphro feel about his decision to prosecute a relative?

2. Who was prosecuting Socrates?

3. Who provides the information contained in the notes of Book 1, Chapter 1?

4. The people of his city felt that, for Socrates to have survived this battle, it must have taken a great deal of what?

5. What celestial body is associated with Artemis?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the introductory chapter, why have the notes been included with the text of the Socratic dialogues?

2. Why was the Apollonian Oracle at Delphi created?

3. What evidence does Euthyphro use to support his decision?

4. Who are Apollo and Artemis?

5. How did Socrates respond to people who commented on his great wisdom?

6. What is included in the introductory material which prefaces the book?

7. Why is Euthyphro at the courthouse when Socrates is there?

8. How were the four dialogues that were included in "The Last Days of Socrates" originally arranged?

9. What is "epistemology"?

10. Who are some of the authors, mentioned in Book 3, Chapter 1, who wrote about Socrates?

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