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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why would candidates for a philosopher-king class in the republic be tested?
(a) To ensure that they can endure different types of intellectual life.
(b) To show that they have no skeletons in their closets.
(c) To prove that they are stronger than their adversaries.
(d) To enjoy a life of task and reward.

2. After the verdict, Socrates warns the Athenian jury that________.
(a) They are acting unjustly by carrying out the entire trial in one day.
(b) If they exile him, he will spread slander about the Athenian justice system
(c) If they execute him, they will only be hurting themselves, as his role will be impossible to replace.
(d) If they do not convict him, the public will think them weak.

3. Socrates firmly believes that poetry _____________.
(a) Must be philosophy to be considered poetry.
(b) Is philosophy of the heart.
(c) Tends to prevent men from leading good lives.
(d) Is instrumental in helping the common man understand larger issues.

4. What is an aristocracy?
(a) Rule by the millitary.
(b) Rule by poor.
(c) Rule by the elite.
(d) Rule by a family.

5. What assertion is made by Socrates when he responds to Adeimantus' point?
(a) Students become philosophers when they stop asking such questions.
(b) True philosophers are more concerned with absolute truth to the opinion of the masses, and only Sophists are evil.
(c) Philosophy is neither an activity nor a profession, but a calling.
(d) Philosophers make the best rulers.

6. Socrates believes that the Sophists________________.
(a) Have values worth learning from.
(b) Are philosophers themselves.
(c) Should be exiled on grounds of impiety.
(d) Are evil imitators posing as philosophers.

7. Adeimantus interrupts Socrates in the beginning of Book VI to ask him ____________.
(a) Why he wants philosophers to rule the city.
(b) Whether philosophy is an activity or a profession.
(c) When students get to become full-fledged philosophers.
(d) Why philosophers are either useless or evil.

8. If led by true philosophers, Socrates argues that the republic would__________________.
(a) Reflect the same perfect justice, beauty, and goodness of its leaders.
(b) Deal justly with foreigners.
(c) Be the most powerful state in the world.
(d) Not negotiate with other nations.

9. According to Socrates, to what does a true philosopher owe his life?
(a) His parents.
(b) The people.
(c) The state.
(d) His God.

10. One theme that is present in Book X, and in other dialogues is______________.
(a) The immortality of the soul.
(b) Platonic forms manifest on earth.
(c) The myth of reincarnation.
(d) Learning as recalled knowledge.

11. Why is Phaedo important?
(a) Because he was present at Socrates execution and spoke with Socrates before he died.
(b) Because he tried to break Socrates out of prison.
(c) Because Socrates willed Phaedo everything that Socrates owned.
(d) Because he personally executed Socrates.

12. To Socrates, government is best analogized as being similar to the human _________.
(a) Limbs.
(b) Soul.
(c) Heart.
(d) Brain.

13. Socrates thinks that poets and painters are_____________.
(a) Imitators, only representing the things they try and capture.
(b) Useless and idle.
(c) Categorically intelligent.
(d) Like gods, establishing reality through art.

14. Philosophers, according to Socrates' analogy, are which of the following?
(a) The parasite sitting in the beast's stomach, making it hungry.
(b) Wind making the willows flap.
(c) The farmers who cut the chickens' heads off.
(d) Men freed from the cave, seeing the shadow puppets for what they are.

15. According to Socrates, how should a good philosopher rule?
(a) Never rule because absolute power corrupts absolutely.
(b) Rule, but willingly so.
(c) Not associate with politics.
(d) Rule, but unwillingly so.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which one of the following scenarios, according to Socrates, would most likely give rise to a tyrannical government?

2. What must the philosopher, according to Socrates in Book VI, employ in order to attain knowledge of "absolute good"?

3. How does Socrates regard a democracy?

4. In Book IX, the democratic man is described by Socrates as one who_________.

5. In Book VII Socrates weaves an analogy suggesting that the common man is like________.

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