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

2. What did Crito say about how he would be affected, personally, by Socrates' death?
(a) He said that his reputation would suffer if he did not attempt to help Socrates.
(b) He would be devastated and wasn't sure he could go on living, himself.
(c) He would be moved to seek vengeance against those who caused it.
(d) He wouldn't be personally affected, but knew several people who would be.

3. According to Tarrant, why did Socrates submit so easily to his sentencing?
(a) He chose it over being banished.
(b) He had a terminal illness.
(c) It afforded him some control.
(d) He had no will to live.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was the view of Socrates' friends on the topic of suicide?

3. What did Crito say about Socrates' dream?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the setting of the Phaedo?

2. What were the ancient Greeks' beliefs regarding the afterlife?

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

4. What does Socrates say about misanthropy and "mislogic"?

5. What evidence led Plato and the Pythagoreans to the theory of an eternal soul?

6. What do Socrates and Crito say about experts?

7. Why is Socrates' execution delayed?

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

9. What is the setting of Book 4?

10. Who is present at Socrates' execution?

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