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. How convinced was Crito by the defense Socrates provided during his trial?

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

3. What relationship is Crito to Socrates?

4. According to The Clouds, what force holds communities and families together?

5. What does Strepsiades think about the education Socrates offers him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What gives law authority, according to Socrates?

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

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

4. What are the consequences of breaking the law?

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

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

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

8. What is Socrates' response to Crito when Crito worries about Socrates' reputation?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Aristophanes approaches the topic of science versus religion in a different way than Plato. Discuss the nature of this difference, using specific examples from each text. To each author, what harm (if any) does science pose to a society? What is the role of religion in society? What are the dangers (if any) of religion in a society? Can the two peacefully coexist, or must they always be in conflict?

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