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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 did Euthyphro react to Socrates' objections?
(a) He stated that a crime is a crime, and should be punished accordingly, regardless of who committed it.
(b) He pointed out that Socrates did not know all the circumstances surrounding his decision.
(c) He changed his mind and decided not to move forward with the trial.
(d) He began to second-guess himself and asked Socrates for advice on how to proceed.

2. What happened at the end of the dialogue between Euthyphro and Socrates?
(a) Socrates became frustrated that he couldn't get through to Euthyphro.
(b) They unearthed a circular argument, and Euthyphro ended the discussion.
(c) Despite wanting to continue the discussion, Socrates was called to trial.
(d) Euthyphro was unsettled and didn't want to talk to Socrates anymore.

3. How did Socrates pay for his education?
(a) He didn't - he educated himself by talking to learned men.
(b) He borrowed money from a bank.
(c) He tutored the children of rich aristocrats.
(d) He lectured at universities.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What word is used, by Tarrant, to describe Socrates' manner at his trial?

2. Which Athenian god is associated with the sun?

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

4. What were Socrates and Euthyphro attempting to use as a measure to determine the morality of Euthyphro's decision?

5. What celestial body is associated with Artemis?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happened with Socrates' friend at the Oracle of Delphi?

3. What does Socrates say about his own wisdom?

4. Why did Socrates initially pursue his habit of questioning people?

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

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

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

8. Who are Apollo and Artemis?

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

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

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