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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. Where does Crito take place?
2. What do experts have to do with laws?
3. Why has Strepsiades run into financial difficulties?
4. Why does Strepsiades seek out Socrates?
5. Which is one of the popular theories for why Socrates advanced a lackluster defense at his trial?
Short Essay Questions
1. What violent action does Pheidippides visit upon his father? How does Pheidippides justify his action?
2. How can Aristophanes' characterization of Socrates be summed up?
3. What represents the "last straw" in Strepsiades' relationship with his son? Why does he refuse to speak to him in the end?
4. Socrates claims that laws result in what benefits to society?
5. According to Socrates, why must one not commit injustices?
6. How does Aristophanes' general attitude towards Socrates differ from that of Plato's?
7. Who is Strepsiades? Why does he enter Socrates' Thinkery?
8. In Apology, what is Socrates' message in a final speech, both to his jurors and to those who defended him?
9. According to Socrates, why must experts always be obeyed?
10. What are the consequences of breaking the law?
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
Socrates provides his way of life as evidence of his innocence in the trial of Apology.
1) What is Socrates' "way of life"? How does his way of life relate to the "central question" of life, as he sees it?
2) Why does Socrates compare himself to Achilles, with respect to his way of life?
3) Why does Socrates compare himself to an inhuman pest, with respect to his way of life?
Essay Topic 3
Do a comparative analysis of Apology and Crito.
1) Can the character of Socrates be said to be different between the two dialogues? Why or why not?
2) How is Socrates' conception of the law and justice different between the two dialogues?
3) Compare how Socrates believes one should live one's life in Apology, versus how Socrates believes one should live one's life in Crito.
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