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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who was Phaedo telling the story of Socrates' execution to?
(a) Simmias.
(b) Cebes.
(c) Echecrates.
(d) Euthyphro.

3. Who is the intended audience for the Phaedo?
(a) No one; it was not intended for publication.
(b) Fellow philosophers.
(c) General readership.
(d) Students and instructors.

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

5. What was the other possibility that Socrates contemplated regarding the afterlife?
(a) Complete annihilation.
(b) Reincarnation.
(c) Eternal damnation.
(d) Salvation.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does "transmigration of souls" mean?

2. What happens to energy, according to the Pythagoreans?

3. What happened to Socrates after his trial?

4. What did Crito offer Socrates?

5. According to Socrates and his friends, what happens to a soul after it spends some time in the Underworld?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tarrant use as an example to illustrate the differences in mentality, in this section, regarding death and suicide?

2. What is the intended audience for Book 5?

3. Why is Socrates' execution delayed?

4. What is said, in Book 4, about Socrates' dream?

5. What do Socrates' friends say about suicide, and the preservation of life, in the "Phaedo"?

6. What belief do Socrates' friends discuss in the "Phaedo" that was taught in formal philosophical education, but was not culturally popular?

7. What is "Idealism" in philosophy?

8. What do Socrates and Crito say about experts?

9. What conclusion do Socrates and Crito reach regarding the laws of the land?

10. What is the setting of the Phaedo?

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