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. Who is Phaedo?

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

3. Who was Phaedo telling the story of Socrates' execution to?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the Pythagorean school of thought?

2. What is the setting of Book 4?

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

4. What were the ancient Greeks' beliefs regarding the afterlife?

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

6. Who is present at Socrates' execution?

7. What does Crito want Socrates to do?

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

9. What is the intended audience for Book 5?

10. What is the "transmigration of souls"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the reasons for Socrates' conviction was his "daemon". What was it? How did it affect Socrates? Why was it such an important part of his trial and conviction? What would happen if such evidence was presented at a modern-day trial? Do you think Socrates believed that he had a "daemon"? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Plato referred to himself in the dialogues, but only in passing, as one of Socrates' many friends. Why do you think this is so? Do you think that Socrates considered Plato to be "special" amongst his students and friends? Why or why not? Do you think Plato's representation of himself in the dialogues is an accurate representation of his true relationship with Socrates, as he perceived it? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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