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. Who is Phaedo?

2. Who was on Socrates' team in the debate at the end of Book 5, Chapter 2?

3. Why did Socrates ask Crito to be cautious?

4. Who was Phaedo telling the story of Socrates' execution to?

5. Which is the longest of the four dialogues?

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. Who is present at Socrates' execution?

3. What is the "transmigration of souls"?

4. What do Socrates and Crito say about experts?

5. What was the Pythagorean school of thought?

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

7. What new habit do Socrates' friends discover in the "Phaedo"?

8. What is the intended audience for Book 5?

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

10. How does Crito attempt to persuade Socrates?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Choose one of the characters in "The Last Days of Socrates." What was this person's relationship to Socrates? Did this person affect Socrates' decisions in any way? If so, how? What were this person's core beliefs? What topic did they debate with Socrates? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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