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. Who pays a visit to Socrates?

2. What time of day is it?

3. Socrates does not want to be seen as being a _____________.

4. Evil deeds may cause which of the following?

5. What is the setting for Dialogue 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is one reason Socrates looks forward to death and the separation of body and spirit?

3. What extensive discussion takes place between Socrates and Cebes?

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

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

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

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

8. Socrates discusses absolutes and makes a comparison to another important topic. What is the topic and what point does Socrates make?

9. Embracing the theory of opposites, how might an incorruptible soul return to the known world?

10. What detailed question is asked of Socrates by Cebes regarding the soul?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many scholars believe that The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues by Plato was not only compiled by Plato, but in fact written by the student of Socrates. Discuss the possibility of Plato creating the work. Why would he have done it? How might Plato have used the dialogues to insert his own views? Might some of the views of Socrates have been altered, changed completely or eradicated? How would anyone know? When was The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues by Plato published? How could it be authenticated? By whom?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the morality and practices of Meletus and his colleagues against the morality and practices of Socrates and his students and friends.

Essay Topic 3

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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