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 did the man bring into court?

2. What is one possible outcome of Socrates' upcoming trial?

3. The first setting of this dialogue is where?

4. Who is the first philosopher mentioned in the work?

5. Who is Euthyphro afraid to confront?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Socrates stand before the court alone?

2. How does Euthyphro reply to Socrates' question regarding the definition of piety?

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

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

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

6. Why is Socrates distressed when Euthyphro excuses himself?

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

8. To whom does Socrates compare himself? What is the contrast?

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

10. Why did Euthyphro visit Socrates? What crime has taken place?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the dilemma faced by Euthyphro in the First Dialogue. What was the situation? Why was Euthyphro so distressed? Was the situation as dire as Euthyphro believed? What was Socrates' opinion of the ordeal? What might have been done to ease Euthyphro's mind? Did Euthyphro do anything illegal? How might you have reacted in Euthyphro's stead?

Essay Topic 3

Give your overall view of the dialogues. Do you find it to be a valuable source of Socrates' work? How does it compare to similar works by Plato, Nietzsche, and other noted philosophers? What might have been added to or subtracted from the Dialogues to better inform the reader? Which part was the most enlightening to you? Which of Socrates' theories was most interesting to you? Explain.

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