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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Polus meant to be an example of?
(a) The negative effects of freedom.
(b) The ignorance of youth.
(c) How to argue with Socrates.
(d) The effects of a corrupt government.

2. Socrates believes good can be delimited by what?
(a) Experience.
(b) Pleasure.
(c) Pain.
(d) Politics.

3. According to Socrates, what do politics preside over?
(a) Soul.
(b) Body.
(c) Emotions.
(d) Beliefs.

4. How does Socrates regard just actions?
(a) As ancient.
(b) As beautiful.
(c) As philosophical.
(d) As modern.

5. What description of rhetoric is Gorgias supposed to provide?
(a) Promotional.
(b) Objective.
(c) Exaggerated.
(d) Professional.

6. What does Polus believe is the emotional state of unjust people?
(a) They are still happy.
(b) They are in control of their emotions.
(c) They are tormented inside.
(d) They have no feelings.

7. In Socrates' philosophy, in an unjust act, who feels greater evil?
(a) The one who commits injustice.
(b) Society as a whole.
(c) The family of the victim.
(d) The one who suffers injustice.

8. What challenge is Gorgias being faced with?
(a) Keeping business and personal matters separate.
(b) Responding to anything that is asked.
(c) Convincing the men to follow a religion.
(d) Having to convince a great philosopher.

9. What does Socrates specify makes advantageous actions not beneficial?
(a) When they are achieved unjustly.
(b) When only a few people benefit.
(c) When they are achieved uncreatively.
(d) When they are only short-term.

10. What does Gorgias claim is the basis for all arts and sciences?
(a) Beliefs.
(b) Creativity.
(c) Rhetoric.
(d) Knowledge.

11. Where do the men in "Gorgias" meet to discuss rhetoric?
(a) Socrates' office.
(b) Gorgias' house.
(c) Callicles' house.
(d) A theater.

12. What does Socrates believe he can avoid in being corrected?
(a) Judgment.
(b) Continuing.
(c) Harm.
(d) Disgrace.

13. When does Socrates regard pain as useful?
(a) When it is used to protect.
(b) In punishment.
(c) When it instills fear.
(d) Never.

14. Gorgias classifies rhetoric is an art that deals with what?
(a) Religion.
(b) Thoughts.
(c) People.
(d) Words.

15. Socrates believes part of learning about justice is acting how?
(a) Extremely.
(b) Respectfully.
(c) Indifferently.
(d) Justly.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gorgias distinguish as the difference between acquiring knowledge and acquiring a belief?

2. What does Socrates believe is worse than being poor or sick?

3. Why does Socrates regard Gorgias' answers as useful?

4. What kind of a result does Socrates believe any action taken must intend to elicit?

5. Socrates believes the classification of arts and sciences is what?

(see the answer keys)

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