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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

There is a great deal of discussion about the soul. What is the main theme regarding the soul as it relates to morality? What proof is there that the soul exists? How does Socrates explain the soul? How is it possible that the soul can be incorruptible if the body is not beyond being corrupted? How can one stay pure while the other does not? What might cause the separation of the soul from the physical body? Can a soul be destroyed?

Essay Topic 2

Socrates makes it clear that in his philosophy there is no separation of morality and law. Explore Socrates' thoughts on the subject. Do you think that it was a popular theory at the time? Why did Socrates believe that? Who was the philosopher trying to convince? How did the charges against Socrates cross the line between morality and law? How could it be presented in court? How might such a case be proven and/or prosecuted in a modern court?

Essay Topic 3

One of the last things Socrates asks of Crito and the others is to ensure that his sons are raised in Athens. Why? How is it possible that Socrates does not fear for the life of his family and his sons considering the outcome of the trial? What is promised to Socrates by those present? What is expected of Socrates' sons? What is expected of Socrates' friends and students? Do you think Socrates' last request will be granted? Explain.

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