Directions: Answer the following questions based on the reading "The Dilemma of Obedience" by Stanley Milgram. Be sure to write complete sentences and to use your own words.


  1. What was the main purpose of Milgram's experiment?
  2. At what point in the experiment does the subject, or teacher, begin to experience conflict?
  3. There is only one way in which the subject can resolve this conflict. What is that way?
  4. What is the most important finding of Milgram's experiment?
  5. Explain the statement, "For him, the human agent had faded from the picture, and 'The Experiment' had acquired an impersonal momentum of its own."
  6. According to Milgram, obedience is not completely psychological. What other factor(s) lead to blind obedience of authority?
  7. In light of Milgram's findings, explain the significance of Orwell's quote at the end of the article.