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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. During "The Apology," what does Socrates say about politicians and poets?
(a) They are generally more intelligent than average laborers.
(b) It was difficult to converse with them because they talked in circles.
(c) He was able to learn a lot from them.
(d) They usually pretend to have knowledge that, in reality, they lack.

2. Where was Socrates being prosecuted?
(a) Athens.
(b) Sparta.
(c) Lyceum.
(d) Thrace.

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

4. Why do variations exist between the translations of the Socratic dialogues?
(a) There were long periods of time between the translations, so some have archaic language.
(b) They are written for different audiences.
(c) The translations were written by people of varying levels of education.
(d) There are very few variations, only hair-splitting will reveal the differences.

5. How did Socrates describe himself?
(a) A purveyor of knowledge.
(b) A professor of truths.
(c) An inquisitive man.
(d) An expert in philosophy.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who writes the comments introducing the first dialogue?

2. What is the date that the first dialogue was written?

3. How did Socrates receive his sentencing?

4. As a result of his inquiries, Socrates concluded that he was wise in what way?

5. What is the first of the four dialogues contained in "The Last Days of Socrates"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who wrote the introduction to the Euthyphro?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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