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. Socrates announces his belief in which of the following?

2. What would persuade Socrates to abandon his philosophy?

3. What is another term meaning "dear"?

4. Who makes the statement?

5. What, in Socrates' eyes, is a pointless solution to his crimes?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was Cebes' largest fear? How did Socrates explain why it was groundless?

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

4. What is Cebes' opinion on the separation of the incorruptible soul and the corruptible body?

5. Who wrote the Four Dialogues and during what time period do they take place?

6. What is Socrates' advice to allies and supporters? How does Socrates view the trial's outcome?

7. What is one reason Socrates looks forward to death and the separation of body and spirit?

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

9. Socrates discusses absolutes and makes a comparison to another important topic. What is the topic and what point does Socrates make?

10. What topic does Socrates want to explore with Euthyphro? To what end?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

At one point in the Dialogues, Socrates says that he believes that no true philosopher should fear death. Why did Socrates make that statement? How relevant is it to the trial? Does Socrates consider himself to be a "true philosopher?" Who is not? If the true philosopher should not fear death, then what should one expect? What should one hope for in the afterlife? How does the choice of burial play into this theory?

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

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?

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