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. What is Strepsiades' ultimate goal when coming to Socrates?

2. Who replaces Strepsiades in his training with Socrates?

3. Why does Strepsiades throw Pheidippides a party?

4. Strepsiades' ultimate fear about Pheidippides revolves around which taboo?

5. What decision is Socrates faced with at the beginning of Crito?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What violent action does Pheidippides visit upon his father? How does Pheidippides justify his action?

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

4. How does Aristophanes' general attitude towards Socrates differ from that of Plato's?

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

6. What is Crito's opinion of Socrates, following his trial?

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

8. What gives law authority, according to Socrates?

9. What are the consequences of breaking the law?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the dialogue Crito, Crito and Socrates have a disagreement.

1) What is the nature of the disagreement between Crito and Socrates? How does Crito believe Socrates behaved in the trial?

2) What is Socrates response to Crito? Why does he refuse to go along with Crito's plan to escape from jail?

3) Discuss the emotional implications of Socrates' response to Crito. Is Socrates full of despair and resigned to death? Is he upbeat and looking forward to death?

Essay Topic 2

Piety is an important topic in the dialogues of Plato.

1) What stance does Socrates take in regards to piety in Euthyphro? What definition of piety does he offer, and how does he refute Euthyphro's definition?

2) How does Socrates compare his spiritual beliefs to the beliefs of the citizens of Athens?

3) Why does Socrates believe he is a pious man? Why is he charged for being impious?

Essay Topic 3

Pheidippides is a central character of The Clouds.

1) What does Pheidippides represent in the larger context of Athenian society?

2) What effect does Socrates have on Pheidippides? How does Pheidippides change once he enters Socrates' Thinkery?

3) What is the nature of the rift between Strepsiades and Pheidippides? Which side does Aristophanes come down on? What sin(s) has Pheidippides committed by the end of the play?

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