The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues Test | Mid-Book 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 was the general opinion of God among the Greeks?

2. What is Socrates' proposed punishment.

3. What would persuade Socrates to abandon his philosophy?

4. What topic does Euthyphro ponder?

5. Disregarding lust allows one to have what kind of existence?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the setting for the First Dialogue? Why is it important?

2. Why does Socrates insist that he is innocent? How does he argue the charges brought by Meletus?

3. What topic does Socrates want to explore with Euthyphro? To what end?

4. What is the verdict in the case? What is Socrates' response?

5. What is Socrates' advice to allies and supporters? How does Socrates view the trial's outcome?

6. Why did Euthyphro visit Socrates? What crime has taken place?

7. Who wrote the Four Dialogues and during what time period do they take place?

8. How does Socrates argue against Meletus' claims that he is an atheist?

9. Why does Socrates believe he was found guilty?

10. For what does Socrates apologize in the beginning of the dialogue?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the dilemma faced by Euthyphro in the First Dialogue. What was the situation? Why was Euthyphro so distressed? Was the situation as dire as Euthyphro believed? What was Socrates' opinion of the ordeal? What might have been done to ease Euthyphro's mind? Did Euthyphro do anything illegal? How might you have reacted in Euthyphro's stead?

Essay Topic 2

Socrates makes it clear that in his philosophy there is no separation of morality and law. Explore Socrates' thoughts on the subject. Do you think that it was a popular theory at the time? Why did Socrates believe that? Who was the philosopher trying to convince? How did the charges against Socrates cross the line between morality and law? How could it be presented in court? How might such a case be proven and/or prosecuted in a modern court?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the morality and practices of Meletus and his colleagues against the morality and practices of Socrates and his students and friends.

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