Plato's Phaedo Test | Mid-Book 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. What does Simmias think of Cebes arguments about the man that answers correctly?

2. What ways do things exist according to Socrates?

3. When do we lose knowledge, according to Socrates?

4. What did "the Eleven" tell Socrates according to the account?

5. Who does the account of Socrates' death say were present beside Socrates' friends?

Short Essay Questions

1. Based on the beginning of 73a-81, what does Socrates teach about recollection?

2. What does Socrates say to defend death?

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

4. What does the theory of opposites imply about dead things at the end of 66b-72e?

5. What does Socrates argue about opposites from opposites?

6. What does Socrates state about the fusion of body and soul at the beginning of 66b-72e?

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

8. At the beginning of 62d-66a, what does Socrates maintain about the philosopher?

9. What does recollection imply about similarity?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the primary themes of "Phaedo" is the idea of a good life. Discuss and define the good life and analyze what is central to the good life. Discuss how the nature of the soul can be discovered through the practice of philosophy. Use examples from the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

Socrates is both ready and willing to die in Plato's "Phaedo" as a result of his belief in immortality. Discuss why Socrates might be willing to die and how philosophy may have prepared him for this. Use the text to support your statements.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the two key aspects of Plato's ethical doctrine regarding the theory of recollection or the assertion that learning is essentially an act of recollecting things. Analyze the theory of recollection and perception in detail, discussing different arguments made in "Phaedo". Support your statements by using examples from the book.

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