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. Of what crime has Socrates been accused?

2. Where will Socrates' trial take place?

3. Who inspires the state?

4. Where did the young man go?

5. What, in Socrates' eyes, is a pointless solution to his crimes?

Short Essay Questions

1. To whom does Socrates compare himself? What is the contrast?

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

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

4. How does Socrates react when confronted by Meletus?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the beginning of the trial, Socrates makes an apology to the court. Why did Socrates apologize? Was it necessary? What was Socrates' view on addressing the court? What did the philosopher think about appealing to the court for mercy? What was Socrates' main goal during the trial? Was the goal accomplished? How might Socrates have acted differently? What could Socrates have done to gain acquittal or a less harsh sentence?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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