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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 Socrates argue that we must have learned what we know recollect imply?

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

3. What condition does Cebes put forth for Socrates' conclusion to be valid?

4. How does the man recounting Socrates' death qualify it?

5. What does Socrates argue dead things come from?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Simmias admit about the Just, Beautiful and the Good at the end of 62d-66a?

5. What does Socrates argue about two sticks or two stones?

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

7. What should those who love learning do and why?

8. What does Socrates wonder about in regards to knowledge?

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

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

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 2

In "Phaedo", women have an ambivalent role in the text and are forced to leave the room when Socrates drinks the poison. Discuss the position of women in the text and in ancient times, and use the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the influence of the Sophists on ancient Greek civilization and analyze why Plato may have used "Phaedo" as a means to find a solid grounding for moral values and rational principles. Use the text and secondary sources to support your discussion on the Sophists and Plato.

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