1. Why does Socrates have to ask the Athenian jury
not to make a disturbance as they listen to his speech? What does
Socrates say that might provoke their anger?
2. To what extent does Socrates' story about the oracle present
him as a religious man? Will Socrates' story about the oracle and
his search for wisdom dispose the jury in his favor? Does the story
have any bearing on the charge against Socrates that he does not
believe in the gods of the city?
3.What does Socrates tell us about Chaerophon that makes him a
good choice to mention at his trial?
4. Why did Chaerophon ask the oracle his question about Socrates?
That is, what might have distinguished Socrates, so that Chaerophon
would have posed this question?
5. Why does Socrates oppose the democracy's attempts to try the
generals as a group rather than individually? What is the significance
of this example of Socrates' insistence on the law?
6. What is the relation between Socrates' questioning others and
his advising them to live virtuous lives and care for their souls?
7. Do you think that Socrates is telling "the whole truth,"
as he claims?
8. Of what use to political life is Socrates' "human wisdom"?
How might it make a ruler a better ruler?
9. Is Socrates guilty of the charges made against him?
1. What sort of advice might Socrates give to a ruler?
2. What kinds of questions might Socrates ask Machiavelli? Compare
Machiavelli's understanding of virtue with Socrates'.
3. To what extent do both Socrates and Machiavelli agree that politics
and morality are incompatible? In what ways do they draw different
conclusions from their understanding of the difference between the