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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 did the one recounting the event of Socrates' death feel for him?
(a) Envy.
(b) No pity.
(c) Shame.
(d) Nothing.

2. What does Socrates argue a man following philosophy would receive?
(a) Political power.
(b) A headache.
(c) Great blessing.
(d) Eternal life.

3. What did "the Eleven" tell Socrates according to the account?
(a) What his crimes are.
(b) How he would die.
(c) That he would be freed the next day.
(d) The names of his accusers.

4. What type of men resent dying according to Cebes?
(a) Powerful.
(b) Wise.
(c) Fearless.
(d) Pious.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Socrates argue about our knowledge of Greater, smaller, Beautiful, Good, Justice and Pious?

2. Who agrees with Cebes' views on death according to 62d?

3. Who wasn't present at Socrates' death according to the account?

4. What is clearer to the soul than the body according to Socrates?

5. Why was Socrates held prior to dying, according to the two men discussing at the start of "Phaedo"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What belief of Simmias' does Socrates question?

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

3. What does Socrates say about the gods at the end of 57a-62c?

4. What does Socrates say should be the one goal of the philosopher?

5. What, according to Socrates, does not come from the body and what does the body cause?

6. What might the soul be unable to do, according to the end of 73a-81a?

7. What does recollection imply about similarity?

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

9. Why was Socrates held in jail before his execution?

10. What must man do in order to attain pure knowledge?

(see the answer keys)

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