Choose eight of the following questions that you believe are most pertinent to Socrates’ situation, and answer them as thoroughly as you can. Support your arguments from the text, citing your quotes properly. Your assignment should be no more than three pages.
1. Is Socrates’ primary aim to defend himself or to continue to examine the citizens of Athens?
2. Why doesn’t Socrates answer Meletus’ charge by stating his religious beliefs directly?
3. Is Socrates humble or proud?
4. If human nature is a thing of little worth, why does Socrates insist that his duty is questioning others?
5. Why is it a point of honor with Socrates that he was never compensated for his teaching?
6. Does Socrates oppose the principle of majority rule?
7. Who does Socrates believe is capable of educating the young?
8. Does Socrates think that injustice can be fought only by the private citizen who stays out of politics?
9. Why is Socrates impatient with Meletus?
10. According to Socrates, does wisdom consist solely in recognizing how little we know?
11. Do ridicule and humor serve Socrates’ search for truth?
12. How does knowing that you don’t know anything promote virtue?
13. Would you have condemned Socrates?
14. Does Socrates demonstrate the old adage that a man who represents himself has a fool for a lawyer?
15. Why does Socrates’ search for truth hurt others and condemn him?
16. If you were Meletus and you had time to think things over, how would you reply to Socrates’ defense?