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 emotion was behind the criminal charges against Socrates?

2. What young man is introduced?

3. Of what crime has Socrates been accused?

4. One common theme is the lack of _______________.

5. What topic does Euthyphro ponder?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the young man learn on the trip? Why would people believe the information?

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

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

4. Who often approached Socrates to gain valuable information and insight? What did they want to learn?

5. Who is the young man referenced? Why does he take a journey? Who/What does he see? Why?

6. Did Socrates only speak to the youth of Athens? If not, who else attended him?

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

8. What is Euthyphro's reaction upon hearing the charges against Socrates? How does Euthyphro attempt to reassures him?

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

10. To whom does Socrates compare himself? What is the contrast?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the personalities, education and philosophies of Socrates and Plato.

Essay Topic 2

Examine the reaction of Socrates when he was informed that he would be arrested and tried by the Athenian Council. What were the official charges? Who instigated the case? Why? Who investigated the claims made against Socrates? What did Socrates do to prepare for the trial? How did Socrates defend himself?

Essay Topic 3

At the beginning of the trial, Socrates makes an apology to the court. Why did Socrates apologize? Was it necessary? What was Socrates' view on addressing the court? What did the philosopher think about appealing to the court for mercy? What was Socrates' main goal during the trial? Was the goal accomplished? How might Socrates have acted differently? What could Socrates have done to gain acquittal or a less harsh sentence?

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