Four Texts on Socrates: Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito and Aristophanes' Clouds Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which is the first of three Socratic dialogues written by Plato?

2. The Euthyphro is a dialogue between which men?

3. Which is NOT one of the insults lodged against Socrates by the citizens of Athens?

4. How should one seeking meaning in life, according to Socrates?

5. What nationality was Socrates?

Short Essay Questions

1. What five parts can the Apology be said to be divided into?

2. What distinction does Socrates make between his own speaking style, and that of his accusers?

3. What does Socrates believe to be the central question of life, as revealed in Apology? How should one pursue or answer this question?

4. How does Socrates relate two aspects of his way of life to a defense of the charges against him?

5. What is the nature of the legal troubles the characters in Euthyphro are involved in?

6. What is Socrates' counter to the second definition of piety offered in Euthyphro?

7. What does the "voice" in Socrates' head tell Socrates at the end of Euthyphro? How does Socrates respond?

8. Why doesn't Socrates wish to be pitied? How does this relate to the fact that he did not bring his family to court with him?

9. What is the general attitude held by the citizens of Athens toward the characters of Euthyphro?

10. According to Socrates, can wise men access objective truth? If so, how should they go about this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Apology, Socrates makes it a point to discuss oratorical skills.

1) How does Socrates characterize his own oratorical skills? How does he characterize the oratorical skills of his accusers?

2) Why is Socrates' speech style both a boon and a hindrance, according to him?

3) How does Socrates relate his speech style to a large comment on the philosopher's place in society? Why does a philosopher's speech create antagonism within a society?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Plato's use of Socrates in many of his writings.

1) What does Socrates' frequent appearances in Plato's writing say about Plato's regard for Socrates?

2) How does Plato use Socrates to reveal his own ideas and philosophy?

3) Why might Socrates be appropriate for Plato's dialogue form? How does Plato use Socrates' Socratic method to arrive at philosophical truths?

Essay Topic 3

In Crito, Socrates offers an argument for why he should obey the law.

1) In Socrates' view, what gives law authority?

2) What are the negative consequences of law breaking?

3) Why must experts be relied upon, and how do they relate to laws and obeying of those laws?

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