Four Texts on Socrates: Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito and Aristophanes' Clouds Test | Final Test - Hard

Thomas G. West
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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. Socrates argues that, since Crito cares about public opinion, he must care about ... ?

2. Why does Socrates believe obedience to the law could not represent disrespectful behavior?

3. What is Aristophanes' general attitude toward Socrates?

4. What is the origin of the title The Clouds?

5. How does Socrates end the Crito dialogue?

Short Essay Questions

1. What gives law authority, according to Socrates?

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

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

4. How does Pheidippides enter the Thinkery? What does he learn there?

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

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

7. How does Socrates use the notion of a contract to reinforce his opinion that obeying the law is necessary?

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

1) What are the exact nature of the charges leveled against Socrates?

2) Why might youth be particularly drawn to Socrates and his philosophy?

3) How does Socrates' reputation contribute to the charges against him?

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