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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. According to Tarrant, this version of the Socratic dialogues is unique in what way?
(a) The content of the dialogues.
(b) The translation of the dialogues.
(c) The notes and pagination.
(d) The dialogues contained within.

2. What did Socrates say would happen if the jury condemned him?
(a) They would not harm him, but would harm themselves.
(b) He would flee the country and begin philosophizing somewhere else.
(c) He would respectfully accept the punishment they chose for him.
(d) He would have his friends avenge him.

3. According to Socrates, why did he begin questioning the answer of the Oracle at Delphi?
(a) Because he felt that the Oracle's answer had been misinterpreted.
(b) Because he felt that the Oracle's answer was incorrect.
(c) Because he did not believe in the authority of the Athenian gods.
(d) Because he wanted to confirm that his friend had told him the truth.

4. How old was Socrates at the time of his trial?
(a) 63.
(b) 81.
(c) 52.
(d) 70.

5. Why are the Socratic dialogues still studied, according to Tarrant?
(a) Because scholars still don't completely understand them.
(b) They are challenging for students to comprehend.
(c) The information contained in the dialogues is still relevant.
(d) They must be mastered before other important material from the same time period can be studied.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who writes the comments introducing the first dialogue?

3. Euthyphro was prosecuting someone for what crime?

4. How many charges were being leveled against Socrates?

5. According to the introductory notes, who is this version of "The Last Days of Socrates" intended for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What charges are being brought against Socrates, and by whom?

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

3. What evidence is presented to support the prosecution of Socrates?

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

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

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

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

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

9. How educated was Socrates, and why?

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

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