The Last Days of Socrates Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Socrates say about the jurors who convicted him?

2. What was the other possibility that Socrates contemplated regarding the afterlife?

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

4. What happened to Socrates after his trial?

5. According to Socrates and his friends, what happens to a soul after it spends some time in the Underworld?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Socrates makes a distinction between necessary and sufficient causes. What are necessary causes? What are sufficient causes? What separates them from one another? What are the necessary and sufficient causes relating to Socrates' execution? Are there other examples of necessary and sufficient causes in the dialogues? If so, what are they? 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

Who is Meletus? Why did he choose to prosecute Socrates? What evidence did his use as a basis for his prosecution? Why did he seek the death penalty for Socrates? Was he acting on behalf of the Athenian government? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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