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 has Socrates' quest brought him?

2. Which topic is not among Socrates' dialogues?

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

4. Socrates claims to lack which of the following?

5. What does Socrates lack in reference to punishment in the eyes of the court?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Socrates' argument to Crito's suggestion? What is the explanation of the argument?

2. What is Socrates' theory on the return of the soul to the known world?

3. What does Socrates as Crito to take care of and what restrictions are put upon the request?

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

5. What is one reason Socrates looks forward to death and the separation of body and spirit?

6. Explain the conversation between Crito and Socrates regarding burial.

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

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

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

10. According to Phaedo, there was an element of fear in the room during the final conversation with Socrates. Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the dilemma faced by Euthyphro in the First Dialogue. What was the situation? Why was Euthyphro so distressed? Was the situation as dire as Euthyphro believed? What was Socrates' opinion of the ordeal? What might have been done to ease Euthyphro's mind? Did Euthyphro do anything illegal? How might you have reacted in Euthyphro's stead?

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