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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. How did the conversation between Socrates and Euthyphro begin?
(a) Euthyphro wanted to offer Socrates advice on his defense.
(b) Socrates asked Euthyphro why he was wearing formal regalia.
(c) Socrates asked Euthyphro if he was the plaintiff or the defendant at his trial.
(d) Euthyphro asked Socrates why he was at a place where there were trials taking place.

2. How well did the Grecian authors portray Socrates' beliefs?
(a) The beliefs held by the characters based on Socrates may not have been similar to Socrates' at all.
(b) They attempted to always portray Socrates accurately, with varying degrees of success.
(c) They tried to stick very closely to the beliefs Socrates actually held.
(d) They accurately portrayed Socrates' philosophy and logic, but not his beliefs.

3. What were Socrates and Euthyphro attempting to use as a measure to determine the morality of Euthyphro's decision?
(a) The approval of the gods.
(b) The laws of Athens.
(c) The relationships in Euthyphro's family.
(d) The unspoken code of conduct by which most Athenians abide.

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

5. How many groups of information are in the book's introductory material?
(a) Five.
(b) Two.
(c) Four.
(d) Three.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Socrates begin his practice of Socratic inquiry?

2. How did Euthyphro react to Socrates' objections?

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

4. Socrates claimed that he was questioning Euthyphro for what reason?

5. How old was Socrates at the time of his trial?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why was the Apollonian Oracle at Delphi created?

6. What was the outcome of Socrates' trial?

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

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

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

10. What does Socrates say about his own wisdom?

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