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. According to Tarrant, what is one modern debate which is similar in nature to the issues in the "Phaedo"?

2. Why did Socrates insist on going through with his sentence?

3. Was Plato present at Socrates' execution?

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

5. What is the theory of "Idealism" in philosophy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What belief do Socrates' friends discuss in the "Phaedo" that was taught in formal philosophical education, but was not culturally popular?

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

3. Why is Socrates' execution delayed?

4. What conclusion do Socrates and Crito reach regarding the laws of the land?

5. What is the philosophical subject of Book 4?

6. What is the setting of Book 4?

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

8. What is "Idealism" in philosophy?

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

10. What is the intended audience for Book 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Socrates refuted the idea that he was wise and claimed that the only way in which he might be exceptionally wise is in acknowledging the extent of his own ignorance and uncovering that of others. Do you agree that this is a very specific type of wisdom? Do you agree that this is the only type of wisdom that Socrates possessed? Why or why not? Do you think he was sincere in his assessment of his own ignorance? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Dreams figure prominently in the dialogues. What events took place in conjunction with dreams? What did Socrates do as a result of dreams that he had? Do you think that everyone in Athenian culture relied on their dreams as heavily as Socrates? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Socrates is still considered wise, more than 2000 years after his death. Why has he been nearly immortalized in the annals of history? Why is he considered so wise? Did his contemporaries feel the same way about him that modern philosophers do? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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