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

2. What word is used, by Tarrant, to describe Socrates' manner at his trial?
(a) "Aloof."
(b) "Flippant."
(c) "Irresponsible."
(d) "Apathetic."

3. How did the conversation between Socrates and Euthyphro begin?
(a) Euthyphro asked Socrates why he was at a place where there were trials taking place.
(b) Socrates asked Euthyphro if he was the plaintiff or the defendant at his trial.
(c) Euthyphro wanted to offer Socrates advice on his defense.
(d) Socrates asked Euthyphro why he was wearing formal regalia.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does "apology" mean, in the context of the dialogue of that name?

2. According to Tarrant, what is the quality and accuracy of the dialogues originally recorded by Plato?

3. According to Book 1, Chapter 1, the oldest existing version of the dialogues is from what century?

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

5. What was Socrates' objection to Euthyphro prosecuting his relative?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Socrates' explanation for why he had been, supposedly, challenging the Oracle's answer?

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

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

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

5. What does Tarrant say in the introductory notes about other versions of these dialogues?

6. Who wrote the introduction to the Euthyphro?

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

8. How do Socrates and Euthyphro describe the relationship between deities and mortals?

9. What does Tarrant warn readers about, regarding Socrates, and the various literary characters based on him?

10. Euthyphro admits that many people are upset by his decision. For what reason?

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