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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. Socrates demonstrated his loyalty to his city in what capacity?
(a) Soldier.
(b) Senator.
(c) Mayor.
(d) Headmaster.

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

3. Why was the Oracle at Delphi created?
(a) Because Apollo did not have time to answer all the questions that mortals had for him.
(b) Because Apollo couldn't speak to mortals himself.
(c) Because the gods wanted a female virgin to provide sacrifices to them.
(d) Because the Athenians wanted to have a leader for the church.

4. What made Socrates sure that he had been doing Apollo's will?
(a) He had received "divine signs".
(b) He was told so by an Oracle.
(c) He didn't; it was just part of his defense.
(d) He was told what to do by a priest.

5. At the end of his dialogue with Euthyphro, how did Socrates define "holy" actions?
(a) Actions that meet with the gods' approval.
(b) Actions that meet with the approval of those appointed by the gods as their representatives on earth.
(c) Actions that were once performed by the gods themselves.
(d) Actions that do not break any man-made laws.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Tarrant, this version of the Socratic dialogues is unique in what way?

2. Why was Socrates involved in political conflict?

3. How did Socrates pay for his education?

4. What city was Socrates loyal to?

5. How does Tarrant recommend avoiding confusion based on differences in pagination between the versions?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are Apollo and Artemis?

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

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

4. How do Socrates and Euthyphro describe the relationship between deities and mortals?

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

6. How educated was Socrates, and why?

7. What is "epistemology"?

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

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

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

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