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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Socrates regard a democracy?
(a) Socrates is only for a democracy if it has a bipartisan senate.
(b) Socrates thinks it is the best form of government in all cases.
(c) Socrates thinks that the people should be able to choose who leads them.
(d) Socrates thinks democracy is the worst form of government.

3. From Socrates' point of view, the philosopher is __________ than the tyrant.
(a) More rewarded.
(b) Immensely more happy.
(c) Vested with less power.
(d) Worse off.

4. Whom does Socrates think is the fourth (and least) happiest social class of man in the republic?
(a) The tyrant.
(b) The king.
(c) The aristocrat.
(d) The democratic man.

5. Socrates explains that the common man sees the philosopher as useless because_________.
(a) He mistakes thoughfulness for idleness.
(b) He is blinded by ignorance, not seeing the intrinsic importance to their purpose.
(c) He is concerned with the soul, not with books.
(d) He is self-serving, and, therefore, despises those who judge him.

6. 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) Philosophers make the best rulers.
(d) Philosophy is neither an activity nor a profession, but a calling.

7. Which subject should be taught last in Socrates' curriculum?
(a) Ontology (study of being).
(b) Dialectic (the study of reasoning).
(c) Mathematics.
(d) Logic.

8. In Book IX, what is the common man's deepest pleasure?
(a) Sex.
(b) Philosophy.
(c) Material gain.
(d) Truth.

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

10. In Book X, Socrates returns to a discussion about _________.
(a) Poetry.
(b) Military Strategy.
(c) Government.
(d) Social affairs.

11. Who is Evenus of Paros?
(a) A poet and orator who charges five minas for instruction.
(b) One of Socrates' accusers.
(c) A member of the Athenian jury.
(d) The man who will execute Socrates.

12. Socrates firmly believes that poets ______________.
(a) Should be banished from his city.
(b) Are correct about the afterlife.
(c) Know exactly of what they are speaking.
(d) Should be allowed to recite in the streets.

13. The tyrannical man, according to Socrates, is characterized by___________.
(a) Spending money frivolously.
(b) Extreme paranoia.
(c) A quickness to express wayward thoughts.
(d) A lack of temperance or restraint in any of his desires.

14. After a philosopher's formal education is complete in the Republic, what does Socrates' think is the next step in his training?
(a) Going into the street and spreading his knowledge to the masses.
(b) Living abroad and returning only when summoned.
(c) Working towards a professorship.
(d) Holding a military post in order to see if he can resist temptation in the field.

15. In Book VII Socrates weaves an analogy suggesting that the common man is like________.
(a) A prisoner in a cave looking at shadow puppets and thinking it's real life.
(b) A starving beast, desperate for food.
(c) A chicken in a coop, about to be slaughtered.
(d) A willow flapping in the wind.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Book IX, what is the philosopher's deepest pleasure?

2. According to Socrates in Book VII, how many years must a philosopher work after finishing his education in order to become a ruler?

3. When he first address the jury, Socrates_________.

4. Where does Crito take place?

5. In Book IX, how does Socrates describe a tyrant?

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