The Last Days of Socrates Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What were Socrates and his partner debating about at the end of Book 5, Chapter 2?

2. What did Socrates say about the jurors who convicted him?

3. According to the introduction to the Phaedo, what are the most likely causes of suicide?

4. According to Socrates' friends, what happens when someone learns something?

5. Crito and Socrates agreed that what action is always unjust?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Socrates' final wish was that a rooster be given as an offering to Asclepius, the god of healing. What was the significance of this request? Why would Socrates ask for an offering to be given to Asclepius, instead of Apollo - the god of wisdom, and the one who supposedly gave Socrates his other inspirations? What is the significance of the rooster? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

The concept of the soul is a subject of much debate in "The Last Days of Socrates." Compare and contrast the various theories of the soul. What is it? What does it do? Is it eternal, or does it slip into oblivion after death? What is the evidence presented for each theory? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Euthyphro prosecutes his father for murder because he feels it is the right thing to do; Socrates states that loyalty to family should come before the law. Which point of view do you agree with? Why? If you were in Euthyphro's position, what would you have done? Why? Do you think that being in such a position might change Socrates' mind? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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