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 theory did the Pythagoreans have about the human soul?

2. Where did Socrates' dialogue with Crito take place?

3. The main point of The Crito is the discussion of what ideal?

4. Which is the longest of the four dialogues?

5. What new activity did Socrates try while in prison?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Socrates' execution delayed?

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

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

5. What was the Pythagorean school of thought?

6. What is the philosophical subject of Book 4?

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

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

9. What is the setting of the Phaedo?

10. What is the setting of Book 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The concept of the soul is a subject of much debate in "The Last Days of Socrates." Compare and contrast the various theories of the soul. What is it? What does it do? Is it eternal, or does it slip into oblivion after death? What is the evidence presented for each theory? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Compare the various scholars who contributed to "The Last Days of Socrates." What are their areas of expertise? Which portions of the text do they comment on, and why? How do they relate to the text of the dialogues? What do they challenge, or choose to explain? 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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