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. What theory is expounded upon by Socrates?

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

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

4. Socrates saw death as a(n) ______________.

5. When does one become acquainted with absolutes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Socrates final request to Crito?

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

5. Who was present shortly before and/or after Socrates' death? Who was notably absent? Why?

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

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

8. At this point, Socrates develops and expounds on a new theory. What is the theory and how is it explained?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Give your overall view of the dialogues. Do you find it to be a valuable source of Socrates' work? How does it compare to similar works by Plato, Nietzsche, and other noted philosophers? What might have been added to or subtracted from the Dialogues to better inform the reader? Which part was the most enlightening to you? Which of Socrates' theories was most interesting to you? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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