The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues Test | Final 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. To which is death compared?

2. Socrates informs the group that the body is ____________________.

3. How did Socrates die?

4. Who asks questions about life after death?

5. Absolutes are linked to the origins of which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Socrates' opinion on the fear of death in the eyes of a philosopher?

2. What is the setting for the Fourth Dialogue? When does it take place?

3. To what does Socrates compare life and death? How does the philosopher explain?

4. What is the contradiction made by Socrates in reference to an incorruptible soul?

5. What is Socrates final request to Crito?

6. What is Socrates' theory on the return of the soul to the known world?

7. What does Socrates as Crito to take care of and what restrictions are put upon the request?

8. Why does Socrates not fear death? What is the philosopher's view on the subject?

9. What is Socrates' explanation of why suicide is evil?

10. What could cause the corrupted soul? How might a corrupted soul return to the known world?

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

Examine the dilemma faced by Euthyphro in the First Dialogue. What was the situation? Why was Euthyphro so distressed? Was the situation as dire as Euthyphro believed? What was Socrates' opinion of the ordeal? What might have been done to ease Euthyphro's mind? Did Euthyphro do anything illegal? How might you have reacted in Euthyphro's stead?

Essay Topic 3

Chaerephon attempts to discredit Socrates in the Second Dialogue. What is the purpose of the act? How does Chaerephon attempt to portray Socrates as a fraud? To whom does Chaerephon turn? What is the outcome? Is it possible that the information received by Chaerephon is wrong? Explain. What other sources of information might be used by Chaerephon and others opposed to Socrates' work? How would any of the information affect the outcome of the trial?

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