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. Disregarding lust allows one to have what kind of existence?

2. What is another word for all-knowing?

3. Some citizens see Socrates as being _______________.

4. What is Socrates' proposed punishment.

5. Who is asked not to grieve for the outcome?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Socrates distressed when Euthyphro excuses himself?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Write a 1000 word essay on the subject or reincarnation. Include its most popular definition and which culture most subscribes to the idea. How does reincarnation fit into the traditional modern church? Is it possible to prove or disprove that some one or thing has been reincarnated? Which culture originated the concept? How does it occur? How might one be able to tell if some one or thing has been reincarnated?

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