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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what area of thought did the Pythagorean school excel?
(a) All answers are correct.
(b) Music.
(c) Mathematics.
(d) Philosophy.

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

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

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

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

6. Who is Phaedo?
(a) Meletus' cousin.
(b) One of Socrates' friends.
(c) Socrates' son.
(d) Plato's brother.

7. What does the term "philosopher" mean?
(a) Educated person.
(b) Lover of wisdom.
(c) Inquisitor.
(d) Purveyor of knowledge.

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

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

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

11. What do we know about Phaedo?
(a) He died at a very early age.
(b) He was not an actual living person.
(c) His intellect rivaled that of Socrates.
(d) He suffered terribly.

12. 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) An action may be natural, but unjust.
(c) Natural actions are always just.
(d) Just actions are always natural.

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

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

15. What metaphor does Tarrant use to describe the different mentalities in the Phaedo?
(a) Two siblings in a rival relationship.
(b) A slave and his master.
(c) A child and his father.
(d) A student and his teacher.

Short Answer Questions

1. Crito and Socrates agreed that what action is always unjust?

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

3. Which is the longest of the four dialogues?

4. What is the term for realizing that one's expectations are too high?

5. Who was Phaedo telling the story of Socrates' execution to?

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