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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. Friends are asked to care for what?

2. Where was the killer left?

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

4. What does Socrates plead at the beginning of this dialogue?

5. Death is a cause for _____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Examine Socrates' concept of the world below.

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

6. What is the setting of Dialogue 3? What time of day is it? Who is present?

7. What is Socrates' explanation of why suicide is evil?

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

9. What extensive discussion takes place between Socrates and Cebes?

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

Essay 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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