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

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

3. Who was prosecuting Socrates?
(a) Euthyphro.
(b) Phaedo.
(c) Meletus.
(d) Crito.

4. According to the conversation between Euthyphro and Socrates, what was the relationship between deities and mortals?
(a) The gods and mortals had a mutual relationship.
(b) Men were at the mercy of the gods.
(c) The gods need men to give them a purpose.
(d) The gods would not exist without men.

5. Euthyphro was prosecuting someone for what crime?
(a) Murder.
(b) Blasphemy.
(c) Larceny.
(d) Adultery.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What aspect of the afterlife did Socrates claim to look forward to?

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

4. What celestial body is associated with Artemis?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Socrates say about his own wisdom?

2. What does Tarrant say about Socrates' participation in the battle at Thrace?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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