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. Greek philosophers were often known for which activity?

2. Who is asked not to grieve for the outcome?

3. What part of the state is inspired in Socrates' eyes?

4. What type of statement is made in the opening paragraph?

5. One common theme is the lack of _______________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Socrates distressed when Euthyphro excuses himself?

4. In Socrates' mind, the concept of holiness is much like the chicken and the egg. Explain.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

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?

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