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. Socrates has no fear of which of the following?

2. What is the setting in Dialogue 2?

3. Socrates insists on defending himself with what?

4. Why does the man bring something unusual into court?

5. What is another word for all-knowing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why did Euthyphro visit Socrates? What crime has taken place?

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

9. Why does Socrates believe he was found guilty?

10. How does Socrates view his own brand of wisdom? What is it worth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Socrates denies that he is an atheist. In fact, Socrates claims that he does believe in some divine things. What does Socrates believe? Do you think Socrates is an atheist? How do Socrates' beliefs mirror those as presented in the Bible and other religious texts? Could Socrates' religious beliefs or lack thereof affect the trial and its outcome? What exactly does Socrates believe in reference to a supreme being or other divine source?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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