Study Questions for Plato's Apology
Do NOT turn the answers to these
questions in! These questions are intended to help you on the philosophically
relevant issues of the text.
These questions as well as links to
the text and interpretations can be found on my web-page: http://www.faculty.umb.edu/peter_marton. In the future study questions will only be
posted on my webpage but will not be distributed in class.
If you had to
divide the Apology into three or four segments, what would those sections be?
What happens in each part?
has brought the charges against Socrates?
are the charges that the jury must consider?
says he has gotten a bad reputation because he has a “kind of wisdom.” What is
Socrates’ tale of how he got his mission from the god or oracle at
hearing the god’s opinion, what did Socrates think was his religious duty?
is Socrates’ answer to each charge?
8. Why do you think that Socrates claims he knows that
doing wrong and disobeying a superior would be wicked and shameful?
9. Why does Socrates think that the Athenians would be
harming themselves rather than harming Socrates if they put him to death? What
service has he provided the city of
you think Socrates is wise to disregard the possibility that he may die if he
does not please the court?
claims that he has always had within him a divine voice which sometimes stops
him from saying or doing something, but never urges him to do anything. Why
does he think the voice has usually stopped him from participating directly in
the political life?
12. What minor political offices has Socrates held, and
what did he do to offend his colleagues? What is his point in recounting these
13. How did Socrates show by his actions that the risk of
death is unimportant to him in his example of the service to the Council and
the trial of the ten generals?
14. Why did Socrates refuse to follow the orders from the
Thirty to bring
15. What does Socrates think about exile as a punishment?
does Socrates think he deserves for his “crimes”? What do you think of his
does Socrates eventually propse a fine?
does Socrates consider to be the true loser as a result of what he considers an
is it better to escape doing wrong than to escape death?
does Socrates predict will happen soon after his death?
21. Why does Socrates think that "an unexamined life
is not worth living?"
22. Why does Socrates think that there is good reason to
believe that death is a good?