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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

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 2

Many people believe that Plato was the actual author of the Four Dialogues, not Socrates. Discuss this possibility. Also discuss the tradition of a student writing and publicizing the work of a revered teacher. How is that not dishonest or even considered to be plagiarism? In what areas was this common practice? Does it still happen today?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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