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. Friends are asked to care for what?

2. Where was the killer left?

3. What item is Socrates accused of "inventing"?

4. What does Socrates plead at the beginning of this dialogue?

5. Death is a cause for _____________.

Short Essay Questions

1. To what does Socrates compare life and death? How does the philosopher explain?

2. What is the setting for the First Dialogue? Why is it important?

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

4. Examine Socrates' concept of the world below.

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

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

7. What is Socrates' explanation of why suicide is evil?

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

9. What extensive discussion takes place between Socrates and Cebes?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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

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