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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Socrates argue small things come from?
(a) From even smaller things.
(b) From larger things.
(c) From men.
(d) From the afterworld.

2. Who does the account of Socrates' death say were present beside Socrates' friends?
(a) Some strangers.
(b) Members of the Senate.
(c) The undertaker.
(d) Aristophanes.

3. What happens according to Socrates when one examine things by the body?
(a) He is deceived.
(b) He can't conclude anything.
(c) He can't use his body after.
(d) He sees the truth.

4. Who will Socrates say he will join in death?
(a) The gods.
(b) His students.
(c) His friends that passed.
(d) Good men.

5. What do the ones that fear death love more than wisdom according to Socrates?
(a) Love.
(b) His family.
(c) The body.
(d) Philosophy.

6. What is the goal of a philosopher according to Socrates?
(a) To avoid confrontation with the law.
(b) To speak the truth.
(c) To avoid dying.
(d) To practice for death and dying.

7. What does the body do according to Socrates?
(a) Enslaves.
(b) Distract from love.
(c) Liberates.
(d) Ruins hope.

8. What did Socrates decide he should write before his death?
(a) A novel.
(b) A plea for his life.
(c) A letter to his students.
(d) Poetry.

9. What does Socrates say a bravery should not be a response to?
(a) Renunciation.
(b) Desperation.
(c) Love.
(d) Fear.

10. Who does Socrates tell Cebes to relate his final writing to?
(a) His mother.
(b) Phaedo.
(c) Evenus.
(d) Plato.

11. What does Socrates say the body is responsible for?
(a) War and discord.
(b) Love and respect.
(c) Angst and ignorance.
(d) Pleasure and envy.

12. What conclusion does Socrates deduce from his arguments in the first part of 66b-72e?
(a) That he is right to die without resentment.
(b) That fear leads to death.
(c) That his wisdom is superior to that of Cebes.
(d) That death is incompatible with wisdom.

13. Who doesn't deserve to live according to the masses?
(a) Those who follow Socrates.
(b) The Spartans.
(c) The senate members.
(d) Those who take little pleasure in the body.

14. When can brave men face death according to Socrates?
(a) When they are wonded in battle.
(b) When they take on philosophy.
(c) When they leave Athens.
(d) When they fear greater evil.

15. What argument does Cebes agree with at the start of 73a-81a?
(a) Dying is good.
(b) Hemlock is painless.
(c) Philosophy is the savior of mankind.
(d) Souls of the dead exit.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Socrates die according to the account of the event?

2. According to the account of his death, how did Socrates lived his life?

3. What does Socrates say most people are ready to do when their loved ones die?

4. What did the one recounting the event of Socrates' death feel for him?

5. What should a man be concerned about according to Socrates?

(see the answer keys)

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