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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What condition does Cebes put forth for Socrates' conclusion to be valid?
(a) The soul lives after death.
(b) One cannot commit suicide.
(c) Socrates needs to be happy to die.
(d) The gods allow you to die properly.

2. What conclusion does Socrates draw from his argument concerning the goal of a philosopher?
(a) Philosophers should not talk out of place.
(b) Philosophers should not resent death.
(c) Philosophers should leave Athens and never come back.
(d) Philosophers should create a school of their own.

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

4. What does fear and terror make men brave beside of?
(a) Senators.
(b) Philosopher.
(c) Warriors.
(d) Women.

5. Who does the recount of Socrates' conversation with Cebes tell us was Socrates writing in honor of before his death?
(a) Sparta.
(b) His mother.
(c) The god of the festival.
(d) Apollo and Venus.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who claimed to have been with Socrates when he died at the start of "Phaedo"?

2. What does Socrates argue that we must have learned what we know recollect imply?

3. What does Socrates argue we can identify in 73a-81a?

4. What does the theory Socrates say some people believe in argue happens to the soul after death?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. On the day Socrates was to die, who did Socrates stand before and why?

2. What does recollection imply about similarity?

3. What does Cebes ask about committing suicide and what does Socrates admit?

4. What does Socrates say to defend death?

5. What does Socrates believe about freedom and what does this mean for the philosopher

6. What belief of Simmias' does Socrates question?

7. What does Socrates claim are not the great goods of life?

8. What do Socrates and Cebes discuss about the composite and non-composite?

9. What does Socrates argue about opposites from opposites?

10. What do Cebes and Simmias claim about the wise?

(see the answer keys)

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