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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. According to Socrates, who are the second happiest people?
(a) Those who deliver others from evil.
(b) Those who get married.
(c) Those who only briefly suffer.
(d) Those who are healthy.

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

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

4. While acknowledging punishment is a negative action, Socrates regards it as what?
(a) Negative.
(b) Insignificant.
(c) Excessive.
(d) Positive.

5. What does the discussion of rhetoric between Gorgias and Socrates turn into?
(a) Comedic exchange.
(b) Sentimental rant.
(c) Argument.
(d) Nostalgic exchange.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Socrates believe wrongdoers who go unpunished are more wretched than the punished?

2. How does Socrates believe the consequences of an ugly action should be measured by?

3. What does Polus believe is the emotional state of unjust people?

4. What does Socrates believe rhetoricians and Sophists are confused with?

5. What does Socrates say a rhetorician must have to persuade a physician?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Socrates believe that it is important for a wrongdoer's soul be brought to justice?

2. What is Socrates' differentiation between pleasures and gratifications in different skills?

3. How have we seen rhetoric successfully executed in the conversation in Chapter 1?

4. How can pain or pleasure be useful, in Socrates' opinion?

5. In Socrates' opinion, why do rhetoricians and Sophists find it difficult to define themselves?

6. In Socrates' opinion, what is the effect of someone with great power who has little common sense?

7. In terms of ethics, why does Socrates consider rhetoric a dangerous tool?

8. What makes Socrates see punishment (a negative action) as a positive one?

9. Why can the art of rhetoric not impart knowledge, according to Gorgias?

10. What role does knowledge and justice play in learning and practicing rhetoric?

(see the answer keys)

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