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. What was often attributed to the gods?

2. Socrates' main goal is to do what in court?

3. Socrates' opposition says that the philosopher is a(n):

4. Which is not one of the main themes of the first dialogue?

5. What is another term meaning "dear"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many people believe that Plato was the actual author of the Four Dialogues, not Socrates. Discuss this possibility. Also discuss the tradition of a student writing and publicizing the work of a revered teacher. How is that not dishonest or even considered to be plagiarism? In what areas was this common practice? Does it still happen today?

Essay Topic 2

Write a 1000 word essay on the subject or reincarnation. Include its most popular definition and which culture most subscribes to the idea. How does reincarnation fit into the traditional modern church? Is it possible to prove or disprove that some one or thing has been reincarnated? Which culture originated the concept? How does it occur? How might one be able to tell if some one or thing has been reincarnated?

Essay Topic 3

In Dialogue 4, Part 1, Socrates explains the difference between death and suicide. What is Socrates' view on each? Why are they different? Which is better? Does the form of death affect how one's soul reacts to the death? How does it affect the soul's progression into the afterlife? What is Socrates' view on suicide as being a form of evil? If Socrates believed that suicide was evil, why did he kill himself?

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