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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Crito's dialogue with Socrates, who had the right to control a given set of circumstances, or a relationship?
(a) Qualified individuals, or experts.
(b) The most ethical.
(c) The wealthy.
(d) The ones who had been given authority by the state.

2. According to Tarrant, what is one modern debate which is similar in nature to the issues in the "Phaedo"?
(a) Capital punishment.
(b) Intelligent Design.
(c) Nature vs. nurture.
(d) Reincarnation.

3. Was Plato present at Socrates' execution?
(a) Yes.
(b) Phaedo doesn't say.
(c) No, he was unwell.
(d) No, he did not want to attend.

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

5. How can a person avoid all disappointment, according to Socrates?
(a) Having realistic expectations.
(b) Learning more about someone before placing demands on them.
(c) Relying on oneself, rather than others.
(d) They can't.

6. Who temporarily won the debate in Book 5, Chapter 2?
(a) Phaedo and Cebes.
(b) Simmias and Crito.
(c) Socrates and Phaedo.
(d) Simmias and Cebes.

7. What happens to energy, according to the Pythagoreans?
(a) When an object is destroyed, so is the energy contained within it.
(b) It is constantly created and destroyed.
(c) It lasts for a finite amount of time.
(d) It is preserved and perpetuated.

8. How was Socrates executed?
(a) Drawing and quartering.
(b) Thrown to the lions.
(c) Self-administered hemlock poisoning.
(d) Firing squad.

9. According to Socrates' friends, what happens when someone learns something?
(a) They discover something they already knew.
(b) They create knowledge which did not previously exist.
(c) They remember knowledge that already existed.
(d) They uncover new knowledge.

10. Who took the young woman home when she was overcome with emotion?
(a) Phaedo.
(b) Simmias.
(c) Plato.
(d) Crito.

11. What did the Pythagoreans conclude about the nature of matter?
(a) All matter was created at the time of the Big Bang.
(b) The universe is made up of tiny, invisible particles.
(c) When matter was destroyed, it disappeared.
(d) Matter is solid.

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

13. What were Socrates and his partner debating about at the end of Book 5, Chapter 2?
(a) Knowledge.
(b) Justice.
(c) The nature of the human soul.
(d) Immortality.

14. 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 believed there might be a way for him to escape his execution.
(d) He knew what awaited him in the Underworld.

15. What did the Pythagoreans like to explore?
(a) The ways in which deity could be found to manifest itself in everyday life.
(b) The spiritual and intellectual characteristics of man.
(c) The motivations of the gods.
(d) The physical and scientific causes of things.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the reason for what happened to Socrates after his trial?

2. Against who were Socrates and his partner debating at the end of Book 5, Chapter 2?

3. Approximately how many people were present at Socrates' execution?

4. When asked how to overcome the difficulty in the debate, what did Socrates suggest?

5. In what area of thought did the Pythagorean school excel?

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