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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. How does rhetoric benefit politicians in Gorgias' musings on politics?
(a) It makes them seem more appealing because of their easygoing attitude.
(b) In their persuasive abilities, they can gain support.
(c) It entertains youth and gains their support.
(d) It makes them seem compassionate.

2. What kind of people does Socrates believe rhetoric can influence?
(a) People with children.
(b) People who care.
(c) People with no knowledge.
(d) People who are desperate.

3. Gorgias describes bad rhetoric as delivering a response in what way?
(a) Randomly.
(b) Precisely.
(c) Somberly.
(d) Delightfully.

4. What does Gorgias distinguish as the difference between acquiring knowledge and acquiring a belief?
(a) A belief can be acquired without certainty.
(b) Knowledge is more available in society.
(c) A belief is more available in society.
(d) A belief is more subjective than knowledge.

5. What does Socrates believe is the greatest evil?
(a) To think highly of oneself.
(b) To ignore wrong.
(c) To avoid punishment.
(d) To do wrong.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gorgias claim is the basis for all arts and sciences?

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

3. What challenge is Gorgias being faced with?

4. Gorgias believes that the most important things are health, wealth, and what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Socrates believe only those without knowledge can be persuaded by rhetoric?

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

5. Why does Socrates see all advantages as beneficial? Why does he see some wrong actions as just?

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

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

8. How is Socrates able to gain insight into rhetoric?

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

10. How does Gorgias see rhetoric as a means for great power?

(see the answer keys)

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