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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. Why didn't Socrates obtain a higher education?
(a) He couldn't afford it.
(b) He wasn't accepted to the University.
(c) He didn't have the right political connections.
(d) No colleges or universities existed at the time.

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

3. How did the conversation between Socrates and Euthyphro begin?
(a) Socrates asked Euthyphro why he was wearing formal regalia.
(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) Euthyphro asked Socrates why he was at a place where there were trials taking place.

4. Who represented Socrates at his trial?
(a) He represented himself.
(b) Xenophenes.
(c) Euthyphro.
(d) Plato.

5. What was Socrates' objection to Euthyphro prosecuting his relative?
(a) Euthyphro didn't know all of the circumstances surrounding the crime.
(b) Loyalty to family should come before loyalty to the law.
(c) Euthyphro was known to have committed some minor crimes himself, and no one in his family prosecuted him for it.
(d) Euthyphro had no way to be sure he was prosecuting the right person.

Short Answer Questions

1. What made Socrates sure that he had been doing Apollo's will?

2. How did Grecian authors use Socrates' character?

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

4. People who knew Socrates referred to what quality that he possessed?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What was the outcome of Socrates' trial?

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

5. What does Socrates say about his own wisdom?

6. Why was the Apollonian Oracle at Delphi created?

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

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

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

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

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