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 did Socrates expect when he passed into the Underworld, according to his dialogue with Crito?

2. How did Phaedo describe Socrates' execution?

3. What did Crito offer Socrates?

4. What metaphor does Tarrant use to describe the different mentalities in the Phaedo?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Crito attempt to persuade Socrates?

3. What was the Pythagorean school of thought?

4. What does Crito want Socrates to do?

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

6. What is the philosophical subject of Book 4?

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

8. Who is present at Socrates' execution?

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

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

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

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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