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

2. Approximately how many years ago did the Socratic dialogues take place?
(a) 5200.
(b) 2300.
(c) 3100.
(d) 1900.

3. Thrasyllus was a scholar from what century?
(a) 1st century C.E.
(b) 1st century B.C.E.
(c) 3rd century C.E.
(d) 2nd century C.E.

4. 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 the gods wanted a female virgin to provide sacrifices to them.
(c) Because the Athenians wanted to have a leader for the church.
(d) Because Apollo couldn't speak to mortals himself.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Euthyphro react to Socrates' objections?

2. The victim of the crime committed by Euthyphro's relative had committed what crime himself?

3. What happened at the end of the dialogue between Euthyphro and Socrates?

4. According to Euthyphro, the gods only received satisfaction from what?

5. Who was Euthyphro prosecuting?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How educated was Socrates, and why?

3. What evidence does Euthyphro use to support his decision?

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

5. Why is the issue of ethics so confused in the case of Euthyphro and Socrates?

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

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

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

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

10. What was the outcome of Socrates' trial?

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