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. Which of the following is not on the list of things lusted for by man?

2. Man should not be tied to _______________.

3. What has Socrates' quest brought him?

4. What type of statement is made in the opening paragraph?

5. What was the general opinion of God among the Greeks?

Short Essay Questions

1. What could cause the corrupted soul? How might a corrupted soul return to the known world?

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

3. What is Socrates' opinion on his alleged time of death?

4. Who is the young man referenced? Why does he take a journey? Who/What does he see? Why?

5. What is the setting of Dialogue 3? What time of day is it? Who is present?

6. Did Socrates only speak to the youth of Athens? If not, who else attended him?

7. Embracing the theory of opposites, how might an incorruptible soul return to the known world?

8. What is the setting for the Fourth Dialogue? When does it take place?

9. What is Simmias' opinion on the separation of an incorruptible soul tied to a corruptible body?

10. When is Socrates scheduled to die?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the morality and practices of Meletus and his colleagues against the morality and practices of Socrates and his students and friends.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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