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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is timocracy?
(a) Rule by the poor.
(b) Rule by the rich.
(c) Rule by the elite.
(d) Rule by the military.

2. In Book IX, the democratic man is described by Socrates as one who_________.
(a) Is just as evil as the tyrannical man.
(b) Cares only for himself.
(c) Will not fulfill his perverse desires because he has a conscience.
(d) Is the most virtuous type of person.

3. When he first address the jury, Socrates_________.
(a) Excuses himself for speaking in common language familiar to him.
(b) Asks a lot of questions.
(c) Says he will not fight the slander of others with slander.
(d) Vehemently denies the accusations against him.

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

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

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

7. In Book IX,what is the soldier's deepest pleasure?
(a) Truth.
(b) Strength.
(c) Material gain.
(d) Honor.

8. According to Socrates, what would be one way for philosopher-rule to commence?
(a) If a philosopher's soul was born to the son of a king destined to inherit his father's position.
(b) Assassination of the present emperor.
(c) If a philosopher raised an army and instigated a revolution.
(d) To convince the people through reasoning that philosophers make better leaders.

9. In Book IX, how does Socrates describe a tyrant?
(a) Confused and worried about the wrong things.
(b) Elated at his sheer power.
(c) Miserable, living in constant fear.
(d) Tired because he works long hours.

10. According to Socrates' opinion, what is the third happiest social class of man in the world?
(a) The atheistic man.
(b) The democratic man.
(c) The tyrant.
(d) The philosophy student.

11. With whom does Socrates discuss the education of soldiers and philosophers?
(a) Glaucon.
(b) Meno.
(c) Adeimantus.
(d) Agathon.

12. Which of the following ideas are not mentioned in Book VI?
(a) Learning is a process of recalling past knowledge.
(b) Philosophers can do good and evil.
(c) Hypotheses are helpful, but only when you cannot apprehend an idea without an example.
(d) The intellectual life of the philosopher is very rigorous.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Socrates believes that the "just man" is _____________.

2. Whom does Socrates think is the fourth (and least) happiest social class of man in the republic?

3. The evil of the soul, explained in Book X by Socrates, is ___________.

4. What is one example that Socrates uses to suggest that the city has already turned against him?

5. To Socrates, government is best analogized as being similar to the human _________.

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