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 Socrates' friends, what happens when someone learns something?

2. Which is the longest of the four dialogues?

3. According to Socrates, what do mislogic and misanthropy have in common?

4. On what day does the "Phaedo" take place?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the setting of the Phaedo?

2. What is "Idealism" in philosophy?

3. What do Socrates' friends say about suicide, and the preservation of life, in the "Phaedo"?

4. What is the setting of Book 4?

5. What is the "transmigration of souls"?

6. Why is Socrates' execution delayed?

7. What do Socrates and Crito say about experts?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Truth is an important concept in "The Last Days of Socrates." According to the theories presented in the text, what is truth? How does one find truth? Is it possible to know truth, with certainty, when one finds it? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Socrates denies the accusation that he tries to teach; he claims that he is only an ignorant man who is inquisitive in an effort to gain knowledge. How sincere do you think his profession of ignorance is? Do you think he really believes it? Or is it simply an effort to circumvent the pride of learned men and get them to talk to him, even though he is challenging their beliefs? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Many of the dialogues have to do with the concept of epistemology. What is epistemology? What does it have to do with philosophy? Why is it important? Why did Socrates concern himself with it? Are they ever able to reach a definitive conclusion? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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