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. Who speaks through the Oracle?

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

3. It would be wrong to seek what from the judge?

4. What is one possible outcome of Socrates' upcoming trial?

5. Who does Socrates question?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. The two men discuss the similarities and differences of what two words? What is Socrates' question?

3. Why did Socrates stand before the court alone?

4. Why is Socrates distressed when Euthyphro excuses himself?

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

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

7. What is Socrates' reaction to the concept that he could live if only he would stop practicing his philosophy?

8. How does Socrates react when confronted by Meletus?

9. Explain the collection of the Four Dialogues and which character they focus on the most.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Dialogue 4, Part 1, Socrates explains the difference between death and suicide. What is Socrates' view on each? Why are they different? Which is better? Does the form of death affect how one's soul reacts to the death? How does it affect the soul's progression into the afterlife? What is Socrates' view on suicide as being a form of evil? If Socrates believed that suicide was evil, why did he kill himself?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Socrates denies that he is an atheist. In fact, Socrates claims that he does believe in some divine things. What does Socrates believe? Do you think Socrates is an atheist? How do Socrates' beliefs mirror those as presented in the Bible and other religious texts? Could Socrates' religious beliefs or lack thereof affect the trial and its outcome? What exactly does Socrates believe in reference to a supreme being or other divine source?

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