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 Socrates' first defense against the charge that he is corrupting youth?

2. Who does Socrates believe speaks to him, as expressed in Euthyphro?

3. Euthyphro's definition of piety depends upon what body of stories?

4. What emotion did Socrates stir in the jury by his suggestion of a punishment?

5. Who does Euthyphro compare to himself and his father?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What final definition of piety is arrived at by the end of Euthyphro?

3. 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?

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

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

6. How does Socrates use the concept of love to refute the initial definition of piety provided in Euthyphro?

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

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

9. How does Euthyphro respond to Socrates' counter of his second definition of piety? What is the result of the conversation?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Socrates provides his way of life as evidence of his innocence in the trial of Apology.

1) What is Socrates' "way of life"? How does his way of life relate to the "central question" of life, as he sees it?

2) Why does Socrates compare himself to Achilles, with respect to his way of life?

3) Why does Socrates compare himself to an inhuman pest, with respect to his way of life?

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