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1. With what crime is Socrates charged? Socrates was charged with disrupting the youth and for ‘not believing in the gods whom he states he believes in’ (pg. 64). But those were a cover for the real reasons people wanted to get rid of him. Socrates had made enemies because he convinced people to think instead of blindly following orders, along with enemies he had made due to his political views, and the father of a boy who pursued philosophy instead of staying the in family business. 3. What is a "gadfly", and in what sense is Socrates one? A person who stimulates or annoys other people especially by persistent criticism. He persistently criticized the politicians. 4. What does the Oracle say about Socrates? How does he attempt to disprove the oracle? When Socrates was only 30 years old, the oracle proclaimed that there was no man wiser than Socrates. He thought that he was not wise, especially not as wise as these 2 other men known for wisdom. So when he went to both of them to prove the oracle wrong, he found out that even

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