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. Where was the killer left?

2. Where did the young man go?

3. Which topic is not among Socrates' dialogues?

4. Which does Socrates not support?

5. What nationality is the philosopher?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Socrates react when confronted by Meletus?

2. Why did Socrates stand before the court alone?

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

4. Why is Socrates distressed when Euthyphro excuses himself?

5. What is the verdict in the case? What is Socrates' response?

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

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

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

9. What types of things might irony lead to in this case?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a great deal of discussion about the soul. What is the main theme regarding the soul as it relates to morality? What proof is there that the soul exists? How does Socrates explain the soul? How is it possible that the soul can be incorruptible if the body is not beyond being corrupted? How can one stay pure while the other does not? What might cause the separation of the soul from the physical body? Can a soul be destroyed?

Essay Topic 2

Socrates clearly believes in an afterlife in some form. Discuss Socrates' concept of an afterlife. Compare and contrast the philosopher's views with that of at least three separate modern religious institutions. Which institution has views that are the most similar to Socrates? Describe the views of each in detail.

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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