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

2. What is the theory of "Idealism" in philosophy?
(a) Ideas are constant and unchanging.
(b) The gods are the ideal forms of human qualities.
(c) Physical objects are based upon ideal forms.
(d) Ideas and thoughts have their own existence.

3. Who lost control of his emotions at Socrates' execution?
(a) Crito.
(b) Echecrates.
(c) Appollonius.
(d) Phaedo.

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

5. How did Phaedo describe Socrates' execution?
(a) Unfair.
(b) Heart-wrenching.
(c) Peaceful.
(d) Horrifying.

Short Answer Questions

1. What metaphor did Crito and Socrates use to illustrate their point about authority?

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

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

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

5. Where did Socrates' dialogue with Crito take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Socrates think will happen after his death?

2. What is written in Book 5, Chapter 1, about risking the loss of one's life?

3. Why is Socrates' execution delayed?

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

5. What is the setting of Book 4?

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

7. What is the "transmigration of souls"?

8. What is "Idealism" in philosophy?

9. What new habit do Socrates' friends discover in the "Phaedo"?

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

(see the answer keys)

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