Four Texts on Socrates: Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito and Aristophanes' Clouds Test | Final Test - Medium

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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. At a party, over what subject do Strepsiades and Pheidippides fight?
(a) Astronomy.
(b) Poetry.
(c) Law.
(d) A woman.

2. Which of the following is true about Socrates' possible disobeying of a law, according to Socrates in Crito?
(a) He would honoring an implicit contract he has with the citizens of Athens.
(b) He would be answering an evil with another evil.
(c) It would be for the good of Athens.
(d) It would only solidify the authority of Athens' lawmakers.

3. Which is NOT one of the consequences of breaking a law according to Socrates?
(a) Undermining of general authority.
(b) Corruption of the soul.
(c) The lessened ability for laws to serve their purpose.
(d) Finality, and the reduction of the threat of retaliation.

4. What action does Strepsiades take with regards to Socrates at the end of Clouds?
(a) He beats up Socrates.
(b) He steals all of Socrates' students away to a rival school.
(c) He murders Socrates.
(d) He burns Socrates' institution.

5. What would happen if Socrates fled to a city that was poorly-governed?
(a) He could not live a good life.
(b) He would be killed for a bounty.
(c) He might be able to establish a political career.
(d) He could take advantage of foolish people.

Short Answer Questions

1. When is an expert undermined?

2. Which is one of the popular theories for why Socrates advanced a lackluster defense at his trial?

3. How can Crito's emotional state during Socrates' trial be characterized?

4. Aristophanes' portrayal of Socrates would most closely match whose perception of Socrates?

5. According to The Clouds, what force holds communities and families together?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reasons does Socrates give for deciding to remain in Athens, rather than escape with Crito?

2. Given Crito's criticism of Socrates, what segment of society can Crito be said to represent?

3. What represents the "last straw" in Strepsiades' relationship with his son? Why does he refuse to speak to him in the end?

4. What is Crito's opinion of Socrates, following his trial?

5. According to Socrates, why must experts always be obeyed?

6. How does Socrates, in Crito, state his case for why he will remain in jail and face his death sentence? What forms are in use?

7. By the end of The Clouds, how has Strepsiades changed? What are his beliefs?

8. According to Socrates, why must one not commit injustices?

9. What does Aristophanes accuse Socrates of in The Clouds?

10. What gives law authority, according to Socrates?

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