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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happened to Socrates after his trial?
(a) His execution was delayed.
(b) His sentence was commuted.
(c) He was caught and brought back to Athens.
(d) His method of execution was changed.

2. What theory did the Pythagoreans have about the human soul?
(a) They felt that the soul only lasted as long as the body did.
(b) They didn't believe in the concept of the soul.
(c) They didn't have a theory about the human soul.
(d) They felt that the soul was eternal and unchanging.

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

4. According to Socrates, what do mislogic and misanthropy have in common?
(a) A lack of self-confidence.
(b) Not having enough social interactions.
(c) Unrealistic expectations.
(d) Not exercising one's intellect.

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

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

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

8. Who was on Socrates' team in the debate at the end of Book 5, Chapter 2?
(a) Crito.
(b) Simmias.
(c) Cebes.
(d) Phaedo.

9. What prompted Socrates to try this new activity in prison?
(a) Boredom.
(b) The request of a friend.
(c) A dream.
(d) A desire for his work to be preserved.

10. What did Crito say about Socrates' dream?
(a) He didn't think it was significant enough to interpret.
(b) He agreed with Socrates' interpretation of it.
(c) He felt that Socrates interpreted it incorrectly.
(d) He felt that it was strange and mysterious.

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

12. Where did Socrates' dialogue with Crito take place?
(a) In Crito's home.
(b) In Socrates' prison cell.
(c) In the Athenian marketplace.
(d) In the courtroom.

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

14. What is misanthropy?
(a) Committing a social blunder.
(b) Lack of social skills.
(c) Hatred of women.
(d) Hatred of people.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Crito's dialogue with Socrates, who had the right to control a given set of circumstances, or a relationship?

2. What did Socrates say about the laws of the land during his conversation with Crito?

3. According to the introduction to the Phaedo, what are the most likely causes of suicide?

4. Why did Socrates insist on going through with his sentence?

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

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