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. How does Socrates end the Crito dialogue?

2. What would happen if Socrates fled to a city that was poorly-governed?

3. What violent action does Pheidippides visit upon Strepsiades?

4. What does Crito think Socrates displayed during his trial?

5. Which side does Aristophanes take in the conflict with Socrates?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the consequences of breaking the law?

2. What is the nature of the fight Strepsiades and Pheidippides have when Strepsiades throws a party for his son?

3. What is Crito in relationship to Apology? What is the setting and premise of Crito?

4. Who is Strepsiades? Why does he enter Socrates' Thinkery?

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

6. How can Aristophanes' characterization of Socrates be summed up?

7. Socrates claims that laws result in what benefits to society?

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

9. Why did Socrates offer such a meek defense and go to prison and his death so willingly?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of Strepsiades in The Clouds. How does he begin the play? What problem does he suffer from? How does he end the play, and what change does he undergo? What is the nature of his relationship with his son? Who does Strepsiades represent, with respect to the citizens of Athens?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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