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. What happens to energy, according to the Pythagoreans?

3. How can a person avoid all disappointment, according to Socrates?

4. Why did Socrates ask Crito to be cautious?

5. What did Crito say about how he would be affected, personally, by Socrates' death?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Socrates' execution delayed?

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

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

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

5. What is the "transmigration of souls"?

6. What is the setting of Book 4?

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

8. What is "Idealism" in philosophy?

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

10. How does Crito attempt to persuade Socrates?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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