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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Socrates believe power is beneficial to?
(a) Criminals.
(b) Youth.
(c) The people.
(d) The one with power.

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

3. What are men in power with little common sense not able to judge, in Socrates' opinion?
(a) How to punish a criminal.
(b) What is best for them.
(c) The best defensive actions.
(d) The common good.

4. Why does Socrates ask to be corrected and criticized?
(a) So he can condescend to them.
(b) So he may improve.
(c) So he can challenge them back.
(d) So he does not feel guilty about monopolizing the conversation.

5. What does Gorgias claim rhetoric is not intended to do?
(a) Impart knowledge.
(b) Be used.
(c) Influence the masses.
(d) Achieve advantages.

6. Gorgias believes the ability to do what has the most possibility for the greatest good?
(a) Comprehend.
(b) Persuade.
(c) Relate.
(d) Educate.

7. Why does Socrates hold rhetoricians in low esteem?
(a) He believes that they are evil.
(b) He failed as a rhetorician.
(c) He believes that they are careless.
(d) He believes that their influences is insignificant.

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

9. What does Socrates believe makes punishment beneficial?
(a) It makes the powerful more powerful.
(b) It improves the soul.
(c) It keeps people afraid.
(d) It makes the body stronger.

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

11. What does Socrates specify produces gratification and pleasure?
(a) Theater.
(b) TV.
(c) Sports.
(d) Skills.

12. What are Socrates' criteria in analyzing sciences?
(a) Based on their fidelity to tradition.
(b) Based on their benefit to humans.
(c) Based on their organized presentation.
(d) Based on their creative angle.

13. What does Socrates believe is worse than being poor or sick?
(a) Injustice.
(b) Death.
(c) Hunger.
(d) Prison.

14. What does Socrates believe tyrannical power has little to do with?
(a) Money.
(b) Common sense.
(c) Greatness.
(d) Humanity.

15. Socrates regards flattery is the main point used on what area?
(a) Sales.
(b) Education.
(c) Politics.
(d) Romance.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Socrates' opinion, why is music useless?

2. Socrates makes the comparison: medicine is to sickness and justice is to _____.

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

4. Gorgias describes good rhetoric as delivering a response in what way?

5. How does rhetoric benefit politicians in Gorgias' musings on politics?

(see the answer keys)

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