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. What is the subject of Plato's Apology?

2. What is Socrates' general attitude toward the citizens of Athens?

3. How does Socrates characterize the normal Athenian's pursuit of the good life?

4. According to Socrates, what is dangerous about the conclusion that human good is related to what is dear to the gods?

5. In regards to corrupting youth, what solution does Socrates see for correcting his tendencies?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Socrates' response to the charge that he is impious and/or an atheist?

2. What does Socrates believe is the standard of good living to most Athenians? What is his response to this standard?

3. What is the nature of Socrates' comparing himself to Achilles? What is Socrates illustrating with this comparison?

4. What is the Euthyphro, in general terms?

5. What second definition of piety is offered by Euthyphro in Euthyphro?

6. What flaw does Socrates then find in the reasoning he laid out in previous Question #9?

7. Describe Socrates' account of his encounter with the oracle at Delphi and how it relates to his status as a wise man.

8. What special connection to divinity does each character in Euthyphro claim to possess?

9. What is Socrates' first response to the charge that he has corrupted Athens' youth?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the dialogue Crito, Crito and Socrates have a disagreement.

1) What is the nature of the disagreement between Crito and Socrates? How does Crito believe Socrates behaved in the trial?

2) What is Socrates response to Crito? Why does he refuse to go along with Crito's plan to escape from jail?

3) Discuss the emotional implications of Socrates' response to Crito. Is Socrates full of despair and resigned to death? Is he upbeat and looking forward to death?

Essay Topic 2

Provide a context for Plato's Euthyphro, Crito, and Apology. What events do these texts cover? What form are they written in, and what is the structure of this form? What characterization of Socrates does Plato offer in these texts?

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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