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

2. How do things appear when perceived by the senses according to Socrates?

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

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

5. In "Phaedo", what is the abstract fact about the world that makes it true that two sticks are of the same type?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Echecrates ask Phaedo at the beginning of "Phaedo"?

4. What did Socrates tell Cebes about his dream?

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

6. Who was present when Socrates died?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In an essay, discuss the statement that philosophy is a "longing for death." Do you think this line of thinking was consistent with the reason he refused to escape from prison?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the setting used in the Socratic dialogues presented in Plato's "Phaedo". How does setting affect the means of argument? The content? Why is the setting important?

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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