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 is the main theme of this dialogue?

2. Who accuses Socrates?

3. Socrates believes he has which of the following?

4. What would persuade Socrates to abandon his philosophy?

5. Where will Socrates' trial take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Socrates' opinion on defending himself with anything but his own merits?

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

4. How does Socrates react when confronted by Meletus?

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Socrates believe he was found guilty?

10. Why did Socrates stand before the court alone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

One of the last things Socrates asks of Crito and the others is to ensure that his sons are raised in Athens. Why? How is it possible that Socrates does not fear for the life of his family and his sons considering the outcome of the trial? What is promised to Socrates by those present? What is expected of Socrates' sons? What is expected of Socrates' friends and students? Do you think Socrates' last request will be granted? Explain.

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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