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. The men are curious about which topic?

2. Socrates claims to lack which of the following?

3. Who accuses Socrates?

4. Some citizens see Socrates as being _______________.

5. Who approached Socrates?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is Socrates' opinion on defending himself with anything but his own merits?

7. What is the verdict in the case? What is Socrates' response?

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

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

10. How does Socrates react when confronted by Meletus?

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

Give your overall view of the dialogues. Do you find it to be a valuable source of Socrates' work? How does it compare to similar works by Plato, Nietzsche, and other noted philosophers? What might have been added to or subtracted from the Dialogues to better inform the reader? Which part was the most enlightening to you? Which of Socrates' theories was most interesting to you? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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