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 would persuade Socrates to abandon his philosophy?

2. Who accuses Socrates?

3. Socrates believed that individuals should strive to preserve and support what entity?

4. Socrates has no fear of which of the following?

5. With whom has Socrates conversed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why did Socrates stand before the court alone?

6. What is Euthyphro's reaction upon hearing the charges against Socrates? How does Euthyphro attempt to reassures him?

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

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

9. How does Socrates react when confronted by Meletus?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Chaerephon attempts to discredit Socrates in the Second Dialogue. What is the purpose of the act? How does Chaerephon attempt to portray Socrates as a fraud? To whom does Chaerephon turn? What is the outcome? Is it possible that the information received by Chaerephon is wrong? Explain. What other sources of information might be used by Chaerephon and others opposed to Socrates' work? How would any of the information affect the outcome of the trial?

Essay Topic 3

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

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