The Last Days of Socrates Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What term did the Greeks use to refer to the souls of the departed?

2. Who temporarily won the debate in Book 5, Chapter 2?

3. When did Socrates' dialogue with Crito take place?

4. What is the term for realizing that one's expectations are too high?

5. What happened to Socrates after his trial?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is written in Book 5, Chapter 1, about risking the loss of one's life?

2. What does Tarrant use as an example to illustrate the differences in mentality, in this section, regarding death and suicide?

3. What realization does Socrates have as a result of his and Phaedo's debate with Simmias and Cebes?

4. What is the setting of the Phaedo?

5. What does Socrates say about misanthropy and "mislogic"?

6. What do Socrates and Crito say about experts?

7. What does Crito want Socrates to do?

8. What is said, in Book 4, about Socrates' dream?

9. What does Socrates think will happen after his death?

10. What is the intended audience for Book 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the various theories presented regarding the topic of justice. What is it? How is it achieved? How does one tell what is just? What are the necessary conditions for one to be able to do what is just? Do you agree that Socrates did what was just when he accepted his punishment? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Socrates spent a lot of time with his friends, but very little with his family, even on the day of his execution. Why do you think this was so? How much did Socrates have to talk about with his friends, versus with his family? Do you think it was right for him to spend so little time with them? Is it understandable/excusable? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

One of the reasons for Socrates' conviction was his "daemon". What was it? How did it affect Socrates? Why was it such an important part of his trial and conviction? What would happen if such evidence was presented at a modern-day trial? Do you think Socrates believed that he had a "daemon"? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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