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. Which does Socrates not support?

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

3. Greek philosophers were often known for which activity?

4. What happens to Euthyphro at the end of the first dialogue?

5. Who was caught killing a man?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Socrates' advice to allies and supporters? How does Socrates view the trial's outcome?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why did Socrates stand before the court alone?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

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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