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. Who is among the conversation participants?

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

3. Man should not be tied to _______________.

4. In which of the following does Socrates profess to believe?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What did the young man learn on the trip? Why would people believe the information?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topic 3

Many scholars believe that The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues by Plato was not only compiled by Plato, but in fact written by the student of Socrates. Discuss the possibility of Plato creating the work. Why would he have done it? How might Plato have used the dialogues to insert his own views? Might some of the views of Socrates have been altered, changed completely or eradicated? How would anyone know? When was The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues by Plato published? How could it be authenticated? By whom?

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