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 demands to know the definition of which of the following?

2. Death is a cause for _____________.

3. Which topic is not among Socrates' dialogues?

4. What is the setting in Dialogue 2?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Socrates insist that he is innocent? How does he argue the charges brought by Meletus?

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

3. What topic does Socrates want to explore with Euthyphro? To what end?

4. Why does Socrates believe he was found guilty?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At one point in the Dialogues, Socrates says that he believes that no true philosopher should fear death. Why did Socrates make that statement? How relevant is it to the trial? Does Socrates consider himself to be a "true philosopher?" Who is not? If the true philosopher should not fear death, then what should one expect? What should one hope for in the afterlife? How does the choice of burial play into this theory?

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

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

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