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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Socrates is primarily charged with________________.
(a) Violent public speech acts.
(b) Making the weaker arguments the stronger, corrupting the youth, and impiety.
(c) Failing to appear in court previously.
(d) Forsaking the laws and disobeying his superiors.

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

3. As a consequence of an elevated state of mind, Socrates explains that philosophers often have trouble_________.
(a) Being professional.
(b) Apprehending absolute truths.
(c) With sensible and mundane activities.
(d) Focusing on complicated issues.

4. In the then-present Greece, Socrates believes that __________.
(a) There are very few true philosophers.
(b) Sophists fill the role of philosophers.
(c) The rise of a philosopher-king, though desirable, is an impossible scenario.
(d) There are very many true philosophers.

5. 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 a bad thing, but looks forward to it as a means of getting out of prison.
(c) He does not believe in an afterlife.
(d) He thinks death is a good thing, though one should not look forward to it.

6. Meletus claims that Socrates said which of the following?
(a) "That the gods do not exist."
(b) "That the sun's a stone and the moon is earth."
(c) "There is no good reason to follow Athenian law."
(d) "Everything is unified and there is no such thing as particulars."

7. "A good man [who is] grieving," says Socrates," will attempt to moderate his grief through _________."
(a) Emotions.
(b) Disgust.
(c) Skepticism.
(d) Reason.

8. What is one of the reasons that Crito offers for coming to visit Socrates?
(a) Socrates asked Crito to come.
(b) If Crito didn't come to try to rescue Socrates, it would reflect poorly on himself and Socrates' supporters.
(c) Crito misses Socrates.
(d) Crito wants to find out what to do with Socrates' sons.

9. Socrates believes that unjust men_________.
(a) Will not necessarily be punished in death.
(b) Will be punished in death.
(c) Don't deserve death and should have to live forever.
(d) Will be rewarded by the unjust gods.

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

11. What is one example that Socrates uses to suggest that the city has already turned against him?
(a) Aristophanes' play Clouds.
(b) Gorgias of Leontini's Poetics.
(c) The uproar in the courtroom when he speaks.
(d) His conversation with Meno before the hearing.

12. When Phaedo first arrives at the prison, what is Socrates doing?
(a) Crying like a madman.
(b) Speaking to the guards.
(c) Writing poetry.
(d) Meditating.

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

14. Socrates metaphorically refers to himself as __________,
(a) A catalyst for a shift in power.
(b) The bosom of the cow.
(c) A growing pain in the body.
(d) The gadfly of the state.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What challenges does Cebes raise for Socrates?

3. In Book IX,what is the soldier's deepest pleasure?

4. Socrates firmly believes that poets ______________.

5. When he first address the jury, Socrates_________.

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