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The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

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

At one point in the Dialogues, Socrates says that he believes that no true philosopher should fear death. Why did Socrates make that statement? How relevant is it to the trial? Does Socrates consider himself to be a "true philosopher?" Who is not? If the true philosopher should not fear death, then what should one expect? What should one hope for in the afterlife? How does the choice of burial play into this theory?

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?

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