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

2. According to Tarrant, what is the quality and accuracy of the dialogues originally recorded by Plato?
(a) Somewhat low.
(b) Very low.
(c) Very high.
(d) Somewhat high.

3. What was unsettling, to Socrates, about the conversation he had with Euthyphro?
(a) Socrates knew that Euthyphro was going to go ahead with his prosecution, even though Socrates believed it was immoral.
(b) There were some portions of Euthyphro's argument that Socrates had difficulty understanding.
(c) He realized there was no way to know for sure what the gods wanted.
(d) Euthyphro did not seem to care about Socrates' point of view.

4. What was Socrates' response when people commented on his wisdom?
(a) Through all of his questioning, he had only become aware of how much he did not yet know.
(b) He was intelligent because he had learned so much from his students.
(c) He only reflected the wisdom of those around him.
(d) God made him intelligent only so that he could pass that knowledge on to others.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the purpose of the notes in Book 1, Chapter 1?

2. Which of the four dialogues is "The Apology"?

3. Which of Aristophenes' works include Socrates?

4. What celestial body is associated with Artemis?

5. What city was Socrates loyal to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Socrates say about his own wisdom?

4. What is "epistemology"?

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

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

7. What was the outcome of Socrates' trial?

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

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

10. What evidence led Plato and the Pythagoreans to the theory of an eternal soul?

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