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. Why did Socrates plead with Crito to listen to his reasoning?

2. Why did Socrates insist on going through with his sentence?

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

4. In what area of thought did the Pythagorean school excel?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Crito want Socrates to do?

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

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

4. What is the intended audience for Book 5?

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

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

7. Who is present at Socrates' execution?

8. What is the philosophical subject of Book 4?

9. What do Socrates' friends say about suicide, and the preservation of life, in the "Phaedo"?

10. What is "Idealism" in philosophy?

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

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 3

Socrates spent a lot of time with his friends, but very little with his family, even on the day of his execution. Why do you think this was so? How much did Socrates have to talk about with his friends, versus with his family? Do you think it was right for him to spend so little time with them? Is it understandable/excusable? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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