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. What do we know about Phaedo?

2. Why did Socrates ask Crito to be cautious?

3. Who lost control of his emotions at Socrates' execution?

4. What were Socrates and his partner debating about at the end of Book 5, Chapter 2?

5. Crito and Socrates agreed that what action is always unjust?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the setting of Book 4?

2. What is the "transmigration of souls"?

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

4. What evidence led Plato and the Pythagoreans to the theory of an eternal soul?

5. How does Crito attempt to persuade Socrates?

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

7. What does Crito want Socrates to do?

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

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

10. What is "Idealism" in philosophy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Socrates' final wish was that a rooster be given as an offering to Asclepius, the god of healing. What was the significance of this request? Why would Socrates ask for an offering to be given to Asclepius, instead of Apollo - the god of wisdom, and the one who supposedly gave Socrates his other inspirations? What is the significance of the rooster? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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