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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. How were the four dialogues in "The Last Days of Socrates" chosen?
(a) They were written down immediately after Socrates' death.
(b) They were written down and published shortly before Socrates' death.
(c) They were chronologically close to Socrates' death.
(d) They dealt with death as subject matter.

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

3. 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) The same as its modern definition.
(d) A plea to the jury for forgiveness.

4. 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.

5. What class of people, in Athens, did Socrates really enjoy having dialogues with?
(a) Politicians.
(b) Laborers.
(c) Skilled craftsmen.
(d) Artists.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who represented Socrates at his trial?

2. What was unsettling, to Socrates, about the conversation he had with Euthyphro?

3. Which Athenian god is associated with the sun?

4. Who was Xenophon?

5. Why was the Oracle at Delphi created?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is present at Socrates' execution?

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

3. Why is the issue of ethics so confused in the case of Euthyphro and Socrates?

4. By whom, and for whom, has this edition of "The Last Days of Socrates" been prepared?

5. In the context of the dialogue of the same name, what does "apology" mean?

6. What is the "transmigration of souls"?

7. How educated was Socrates, and why?

8. What is "epistemology"?

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

10. What is Socrates' objection to Euthyphro's decision, and how does Euthyphro respond to that objection?

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