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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 what Socrates told the jury, why did he hold dialogues with so many people?
(a) Because he was trying to determine the validity of the Athenian laws.
(b) Because he wanted to find out how to interpret the answers of the Oracle.
(c) Because he wanted to expand his own store of knowledge.
(d) Because he was dedicated to what he believed was Apollo's will.

2. Which of the four dialogues is "The Apology"?
(a) Third.
(b) First.
(c) Second.
(d) Fourth.

3. Who originally arranged these four dialogues in a group?
(a) Tarrant.
(b) Plato.
(c) Socrates.
(d) Thrasyllus.

4. Who was Xenophon?
(a) A Greek playwright.
(b) A Roman scholar.
(c) A Spartan warrior.
(d) An Athenian author.

5. What did Socrates learn as a result of his dialogue with Euthyphro?
(a) He didn't know what was holy or how to determine what was holy.
(b) It was impossible to convince someone that their actions were immoral or unethical if they felt that they were doing the right thing.
(c) He knew how to evaluate the holiness of his own actions, but not those of others.
(d) He was more intelligent than Euthyphro and couldn't learn anything from him.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who else disapproved of Euthyphro's decision?

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

3. How did the conversation between Socrates and Euthyphro begin?

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

5. Who represented Socrates at his trial?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Socrates say about his own wisdom?

5. Who wrote the introduction to the Euthyphro?

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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