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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does Crito take place?
(a) A jail.
(b) Agathon's house.
(c) A temple.
(d) The marketplace at Athens.

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

3. According to Socrates' radical math, the tyrant's life is 729 times________.
(a) Less exciting than the soldier's life.
(b) More laudable than the common man's life.
(c) More worthy than an elected leader's life.
(d) Less pleasant than the philosopher's life.

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

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

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

7. How does Socrates regard an oligarchy?
(a) Socrates claims that oligarchy is dangerous because it often leads to an impoverished public.
(b) Socrates asserts that an oligarchy is worse than a democracy.
(c) Socrates thinks that class divisions are crucial to the success of an oligarchy.
(d) Socrates thinks that oligarchy is the best form of government in all cases.

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

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

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

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

12. 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 prove that they are stronger than their adversaries.
(c) To show that they have no skeletons in their closets.
(d) To enjoy a life of task and reward.

13. In Apology, Socrates defends himself specifically from accusations made by___________.
(a) The Sophists and the Arians.
(b) Meletus.
(c) Evenus of Paros.
(d) Meno.

14. What is Socrates' view on the nature of death, particularly his own?
(a) He hopes for perfect knowledge, but really claims to have no idea what will happen.
(b) He thinks death is a good thing, though one should not look forward to it.
(c) He does not believe in an afterlife.
(d) He thinks death a bad thing, but looks forward to it as a means of getting out of prison.

15. According to Socrates, what did the Oracle at Delphi tell Socrates and Cherephon?
(a) The Oracle would not speak to Socrates and Cherephon.
(b) The Thirty Tyrants would bring times of war followed by prosperity.
(c) Socrates would be executed if he returned to Athens.
(d) Socrates was the wisest man alive.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Socrates believes that the Sophists________________.

3. Why is Phaedo important?

4. Which subject should be taught last in Socrates' curriculum?

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

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