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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Tarrant, why did Socrates submit so easily to his sentencing?
(a) He chose it over being banished.
(b) He had a terminal illness.
(c) He had no will to live.
(d) It afforded him some control.

2. What did Socrates say about the laws of the land during his conversation with Crito?
(a) They control members of society, but don't do much to protect them.
(b) They are unjust, but must be followed.
(c) They both protect and control members of society.
(d) They are just, so it is just to follow them.

3. On what day does the "Phaedo" take place?
(a) The day of Socrates' execution.
(b) A week after Socrates' execution.
(c) Two days before Socrates' execution.
(d) The day of Socrates' trial.

4. Crito and Socrates agreed that what action is always unjust?
(a) Avoiding one's punishment.
(b) Judging another person.
(c) Doing a just thing for the wrong reasons.
(d) Harming others.

5. Which is the longest of the four dialogues?
(a) The Phaedo.
(b) The Euthyphro.
(c) The Apology.
(d) The Crito.

6. What was the reason for what happened to Socrates after his trial?
(a) The judge who presided over his trial reconsidered the sentencing.
(b) An Athenian practice which had nothing to do with Socrates.
(c) One of his family members interfered with his sentencing.
(d) One of Socrates' friends, who betrayed him.

7. Against who were Socrates and his partner debating at the end of Book 5, Chapter 2?
(a) Simmias and Crito.
(b) Cebes and Crito.
(c) Simmias and Cebes.
(d) Phaedo and Crito.

8. How did Socrates interpret his dream?
(a) He believed he had two days left to live.
(b) He felt that Apollo might save him from his fate.
(c) He knew what awaited him in the Underworld.
(d) He believed there might be a way for him to escape his execution.

9. What did Socrates say about the jurors who convicted him?
(a) The jury committed an injustice against him.
(b) They were being selfish.
(c) They were doing what they felt was just.
(d) They didn't know any better.

10. Why did Socrates ask Crito to be cautious?
(a) So that Socrates' friends didn't discover his escape plot.
(b) So that the guards wouldn't overhear them.
(c) So that Crito didn't implicate himself.
(d) So that the two could determine their own, and one another's, beliefs about what is just.

11. The main point of The Crito is the discussion of what ideal?
(a) Morality.
(b) Holiness.
(c) Forgiveness.
(d) Justice.

12. Why did Socrates plead with Crito to listen to his reasoning?
(a) Socrates just wanted to have a good philosophical debate.
(b) Socrates wanted to reassure Crito that he was making the right choice.
(c) Socrates wanted Crito to point out the flaws in his reasoning so he would be able to change his mind without guilt.
(d) Because Socrates wanted Crito to be at peace with the decision that Socrates had made.

13. What was the relationship, according to Crito and Socrates, between just actions and natural ones?
(a) Natural actions are always just.
(b) An action may be just, but not natural.
(c) Just actions are always natural.
(d) An action may be natural, but unjust.

14. What did Crito offer Socrates?
(a) Money.
(b) An overturned sentence.
(c) A more comfortable place to spend his final days.
(d) A safe place to escape to.

15. What was Socrates doing when Crito arrived?
(a) Eating.
(b) Praying.
(c) Writing.
(d) Sleeping.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Crito want Socrates to do?

2. What did Socrates and his partner realize, via their debate with their friends, about the nature of truth?

3. How did Phaedo describe Socrates' execution?

4. What term did the Greeks use to refer to the souls of the departed?

5. According to Tarrant, what is one modern debate which is similar in nature to the issues in the "Phaedo"?

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