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 Euthyphro's father accused of?

2. What sentence does Socrates' friends beg for him to choose?

3. How many speeches did Socrates give in his defense during his trial in Athens?

4. Why does the dialogue in Euthyphro end?

5. What is the basic impression of Socrates' overall defense strategy?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Socrates, why didn't he ever pursue politics?

2. What is Socrates' initial reaction to the first definition of piety provided in Euthyphro?

3. When he is found guilty, what sentence does Socrates suggest as punishment?

4. How does Socrates relate human goodness to the first definition of piety provided in Euthyphro?

5. According to Socrates, what reputation does he suffer from in Athens? How is this reputation related to Aristophanes' Clouds?

6. What first definition of piety is provided in Euthyphro? What does the character providing the definition cite as an example that proves his definition?

7. What is the Euthyphro, in general terms?

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

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

10. Is Socrates innocent or guilty of the charges against him, in the eyes of Athens and its legal system?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Explain the Socratic method. How is the method structured? What is the aim of this method? What logic is it based from? Why is Socrates known for this method?

2) Examine the discussion of piety in Euthyphro. How is the Socratic method used in this instance?

3) Examine the discussion of injustice in Crito. How is the Socratic method used in this instance?

Essay Topic 2

1) What is Socrates' view on wisdom? What is the nature of knowledge? Is there such a thing as objective truth?

2) To what degree can a man attain knowledge? How should a wise man behave? What can one do to seek knowledge?

3) How does Socrates'relate a visit to the oracle at Delphi to his overall perspective on knowledge?

Essay Topic 3

In Apology, Socrates sets up a conflict between science and religion.

1) Why are science and religion in conflict, at least in the world of Athens, according to Socrates?

2) What danger does science pose to Athenian society? Why are scientists often accused of atheism in this society?

3) What compels Socrates to pursue trains of thought that could be said to resemble science?

4) How does Socrates, in his Apology defense, reconcile science and religion? Can the two coexist?

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