Four Texts on Socrates: Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito and Aristophanes' Clouds Test | Final 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 of the following terms best describes Pheidippides?

2. In The Clouds, what does Socrates feel about Zeus?

3. Aristophanes is known for using what kind of rhetoric?

4. Socrates argues that, since Crito cares about public opinion, he must care about ... ?

5. In The Clouds, why does Socrates reject tradition?

Short Essay Questions

1. What represents the "last straw" in Strepsiades' relationship with his son? Why does he refuse to speak to him in the end?

2. How does Strepsiades react to Socrates' course of study in the Thinkery? How does Socrates in turn respond to Strepsiades?

3. By the end of The Clouds, how has Strepsiades changed? What are his beliefs?

4. According to Socrates, why must one not commit injustices?

5. According to Socrates, why must experts always be obeyed?

6. Given Crito's criticism of Socrates, what segment of society can Crito be said to represent?

7. In Apology, what is Socrates' message in a final speech, both to his jurors and to those who defended him?

8. What does Aristophanes accuse Socrates of in The Clouds?

9. How does Socrates' conception of the law and justice in Crito compare to his conception of law and justice in Apology?

10. What is Socrates' attitude toward his impending death at the end of Crito?

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 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 3

Socrates offers a series of defenses in the Apology to answer the charges against him.

1) How does Socrates answer the charge that he has corrupted the youth of Athens?

2) How does Socrates use his political ambition (or lack thereof) in his trial defense?

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