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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. What kind of a result does Socrates believe any action taken must intend to elicit?
(a) A good result.
(b) An insignificant result.
(c) A short-term benefit.
(d) A self-indulgent result.

2. In Socrates' opinion, why is music useless?
(a) Because it only involves flattery and gratification.
(b) Because it is nonsensical.
(c) Because it is boring.
(d) Because it brings excessive wealth.

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

4. What does Socrates regard as better than being cured of sickness?
(a) Justice.
(b) Never being sick at all.
(c) A good meal.
(d) Super powers.

5. What does Socrates say defining areas of art is similar to defining?
(a) Body and soul.
(b) Likes and dislikes.
(c) Political parties.
(d) Generations.

Short Answer Questions

1. Gorgias describes bad rhetoric as delivering a response in what way?

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

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

4. What does Gorgias claim rhetoric is not intended to do?

5. What does Socrates believe people who escape justice unaware of?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Gorgias see rhetoric as a bridge between art and science?

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

4. Is Polus' claim that even unjust people like Archelaus are happy correct or incorrect? Why?

5. When an unjust act is committed, Socrates asks whether the wrongdoer or the sufferer is more wretched. Why?

6. Why does Socrates compare medicine and gymnastics to legislation and justice?

7. How does Gorgias see rhetoric aiding to the common good of humans?

8. What are the similarities and differences between learning and acquiring a belief?

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

10. How does Polus embody the negative sides of freedom as Socrates has discussed?

(see the answer keys)

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