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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. Friends are asked to care for what?

2. Where was the killer left?

3. What item is Socrates accused of "inventing"?

4. What does Socrates plead at the beginning of this dialogue?

5. Death is a cause for _____________.

Short Essay Questions

1. To what does Socrates compare life and death? How does the philosopher explain?

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

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

4. Examine Socrates' concept of the world below.

5. How does Socrates view his own brand of wisdom? What is it worth?

6. What is the setting of Dialogue 3? What time of day is it? Who is present?

7. What is Socrates' explanation of why suicide is evil?

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

9. What extensive discussion takes place between Socrates and Cebes?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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