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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 5, The Phaedo: Chapter 2, The Phaedo Continued.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What metaphor did Crito and Socrates use to illustrate their point about authority?
(a) A congregation and a priest.
(b) School children and their teachers.
(c) A country and its leader.
(d) A patient and a doctor.

2. During "The Apology," what does Socrates say about politicians and poets?
(a) He was able to learn a lot from them.
(b) They usually pretend to have knowledge that, in reality, they lack.
(c) They are generally more intelligent than average laborers.
(d) It was difficult to converse with them because they talked in circles.

3. At the end of his dialogue with Euthyphro, how did Socrates define "holy" actions?
(a) Actions that were once performed by the gods themselves.
(b) Actions that meet with the approval of those appointed by the gods as their representatives on earth.
(c) Actions that meet with the gods' approval.
(d) Actions that do not break any man-made laws.

4. What does "transmigration of souls" mean?
(a) Some aspects of an individual exist before, during, and after their lifetime.
(b) Displaced souls that roam the earth.
(c) The communications from the dead that are received by the living.
(d) The journey across the River Styx.

5. Approximately how many people were present at Socrates' execution?
(a) 15.
(b) 25.
(c) 35.
(d) 5.

Short Answer Questions

1. How were the four dialogues in "The Last Days of Socrates" chosen?

2. When did Socrates' dialogue with Crito take place?

3. How did Socrates describe himself?

4. Where was Socrates being prosecuted?

5. According to Socrates, what do mislogic and misanthropy have in common?

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