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 explains Socrates' stance on political activity?

2. What is the name of Zeus' father?

3. How does the jury get to decide the sentence for Socrates?

4. What ultimate sentence is handed down by the jury?

5. What is prophecy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Socrates charged with corrupting the youth? Why do the youth follow his philosophy and ideas?

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. What is the Euthyphro, in general terms?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are varying theories about the logic behind Socrates' sometimes odd behavior at trial.

1) How can Socrates' response to Meletus' charge of atheism be considered an example of his weak or odd behavior at trial?

2) How can Socrates' suggestion as to his own punishment be considered an example of his weak or odd behavior at trial?

3) What are three possible theories for why Socrates offered a less than stellar defense in his trial?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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