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 was the other possibility that Socrates contemplated regarding the afterlife?

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

3. Who is the intended audience for the Phaedo?

4. What was the reason for what happened to Socrates after his trial?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the Pythagorean school of thought?

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

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

4. What does Crito want Socrates to do?

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

6. What is the setting of the Phaedo?

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

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

9. Who is present at Socrates' execution?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Euthyphro prosecutes his father for murder because he feels it is the right thing to do; Socrates states that loyalty to family should come before the law. Which point of view do you agree with? Why? If you were in Euthyphro's position, what would you have done? Why? Do you think that being in such a position might change Socrates' mind? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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