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. Why does the man bring something unusual into court?

2. What would persuade Socrates to abandon his philosophy?

3. There is a discrepancy between what two items?

4. Some citizens see Socrates as being _______________.

5. What word can be used to describe Socrates' philosophies?

Short Essay Questions

1. At this point, Socrates develops and expounds on a new theory. What is the theory and how is it explained?

2. In Socrates' mind, the concept of holiness is much like the chicken and the egg. Explain.

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

4. What is Socrates' opinion on defending himself with anything but his own merits?

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

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

7. What is Socrates' opinion on the fear of death in the eyes of a philosopher?

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

9. What does Socrates see as being one of the consequences of his quest?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What was the general consensus was Socrates was arrested? Who was present during the announcement? Where did it take place? Why was the place significant? What was the reaction of the people present? Who was present? How did Socrates friends and followers deal with Socrates' impending trial, and ultimately, death?

Essay Topic 3

Chaerephon attempts to discredit Socrates in the Second Dialogue. What is the purpose of the act? How does Chaerephon attempt to portray Socrates as a fraud? To whom does Chaerephon turn? What is the outcome? Is it possible that the information received by Chaerephon is wrong? Explain. What other sources of information might be used by Chaerephon and others opposed to Socrates' work? How would any of the information affect the outcome of the trial?

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