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 is another term meaning "dear"?

2. Death is a cause for _____________.

3. Socrates is often referred to as being what kind of man?

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

5. It would be wrong to seek what from the judge?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Socrates react when confronted by Meletus?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the morality and practices of Meletus and his colleagues against the morality and practices of Socrates and his students and friends.

Essay Topic 2

What was the general consensus was Socrates was arrested? Who was present during the announcement? Where did it take place? Why was the place significant? What was the reaction of the people present? Who was present? How did Socrates friends and followers deal with Socrates' impending trial, and ultimately, death?

Essay Topic 3

Socrates broaches the question regarding being dear and being loved. Explain Socrates' reason for the question. Who participates in the conversation? What is the distinction between the two terms? How is it explained by Socrates? Is the use of the Socratic method effective in this conversation or does it merely cause more confusion for those in attendance as well as the reader? What was the final conclusion? Do you agree or disagree?

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