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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. Socrates believes the classification of arts and sciences is what?
(a) Subjective.
(b) Arbitrary.
(c) Excessive.
(d) Objective.

2. What does Socrates say a rhetorician must have to persuade a physician?
(a) Support.
(b) Good looks.
(c) Courage.
(d) Knowledge.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Socrates regard just actions?

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

4. Socrates believes to learn rhetoric, what must one also learn?

5. Why does Socrates have a low regard for Sophists?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Socrates question Gorgias about rhetoric?

2. How does the philosophers' conversation of rhetoric incite discussions of broader subjects such as morality?

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

4. In Socrates' opinion, why is distinction crucial to individuals and professions?

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

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

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

8. Why does Socrates favor Gorgias' answers more than Polus'?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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