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 believed that individuals should strive to preserve and support what entity?

2. Socrates has no fear of which of the following?

3. What is worse than death in Socrates' eyes?

4. What is another word for all-knowing?

5. Who speaks through the Oracle?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Socrates react when confronted by Meletus?

3. Why is Socrates distressed when Euthyphro excuses himself?

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

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

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

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

8. What types of things might irony lead to in this case?

9. What is Euthyphro's reaction upon hearing the charges against Socrates? How does Euthyphro attempt to reassures him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the personalities, education and philosophies of Socrates and Plato.

Essay Topic 2

Socrates denies that he is an atheist. In fact, Socrates claims that he does believe in some divine things. What does Socrates believe? Do you think Socrates is an atheist? How do Socrates' beliefs mirror those as presented in the Bible and other religious texts? Could Socrates' religious beliefs or lack thereof affect the trial and its outcome? What exactly does Socrates believe in reference to a supreme being or other divine source?

Essay Topic 3

Many scholars believe that The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues by Plato was not only compiled by Plato, but in fact written by the student of Socrates. Discuss the possibility of Plato creating the work. Why would he have done it? How might Plato have used the dialogues to insert his own views? Might some of the views of Socrates have been altered, changed completely or eradicated? How would anyone know? When was The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues by Plato published? How could it be authenticated? By whom?

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