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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is Phaedo important?
(a) Because he tried to break Socrates out of prison.
(b) Because Socrates willed Phaedo everything that Socrates owned.
(c) Because he was present at Socrates execution and spoke with Socrates before he died.
(d) Because he personally executed Socrates.

2. As a consequence of misology, or a hatred of logic/reasoning, Socrates explains how the common man has trouble_________.
(a) Serving his state.
(b) Apprehending simple concepts.
(c) Speaking literally.
(d) Apprehending absolute truths.

3. The evil of the soul, explained in Book X by Socrates, is ___________.
(a) Fire.
(b) Dishonesty.
(c) Injustice.
(d) Treason.

4. Wise souls, Socrates asserts, will always choose paths of_________.
(a) Greed.
(b) Pedagogy.
(c) Avarice.
(d) Virtue.

5. What does Crito want Socrates to do?
(a) Break out of prison and leave Athens.
(b) Stop corrupting his son and the other young people in Greece.
(c) Drink hemlock.
(d) Appeal the conviction entered against Socrates.

6. What is Socrates' view on the nature of death, particularly his own?
(a) He thinks death a bad thing, but looks forward to it as a means of getting out of prison.
(b) He hopes for perfect knowledge, but really claims to have no idea what will happen.
(c) He does not believe in an afterlife.
(d) He thinks death is a good thing, though one should not look forward to it.

7. According to Socrates in Book VII, how many years must a philosopher work after finishing his education in order to become a ruler?
(a) Thirty years.
(b) One year.
(c) Fifteen years.
(d) Five years.

8. How does Crito plan to aid Socrates?
(a) Crito doesn't want to help Socrates.
(b) By using his wealth and influence, Crito plans to get Socrates out of prison.
(c) Crito wants to secretly bring Socrates food.
(d) Formally appeal Socrates' case to a superior court.

9. In Book IX,what is the soldier's deepest pleasure?
(a) Truth.
(b) Material gain.
(c) Strength.
(d) Honor.

10. The tyrannical man, according to Socrates, is characterized by___________.
(a) A lack of temperance or restraint in any of his desires.
(b) Spending money frivolously.
(c) A quickness to express wayward thoughts.
(d) Extreme paranoia.

11. What is timocracy?
(a) Rule by the rich.
(b) Rule by the military.
(c) Rule by the elite.
(d) Rule by the poor.

12. According to Socrates' points in Book IV, the soul of a philosopher_____________________.
(a) Can be used for good and evil alike.
(b) Is better than the soul of a common man.
(c) Does not concern Socrates.
(d) Is easily persuadable.

13. When Phaedo first arrives at the prison, what is Socrates doing?
(a) Meditating.
(b) Writing poetry.
(c) Crying like a madman.
(d) Speaking to the guards.

14. Socrates concludes Book X with a theory of _______________.
(a) Revolution for the government.
(b) Reincarnation of souls.
(c) Metaphysical phenomenology.
(d) Reverse psychology.

15. Tyranny is most likely to occur under which form of government?
(a) Democracy.
(b) Oligarchy.
(c) Aristocracy.
(d) Timocracy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What must the philosopher, according to Socrates in Book VI, employ in order to attain knowledge of "absolute good"?

2. In Socrates' cross-examination of Meletus, how does he make Meletus contradict himself?

3. After the verdict, Socrates warns the Athenian jury that________.

4. In the then-present Greece, Socrates believes that __________.

5. In Book IX, the democratic man is described by Socrates as one who_________.

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