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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Which one of the following scenarios, according to Socrates, would most likely give rise to a tyrannical government?
(a) A military lieutenant from within the general's ranks making a grab for power to control the timocracy.
(b) A merchant purchasing secret information about the government and using it to blackmail congress.
(c) A hero completing a mythical quest which bestows immortality upon him.
(d) A man, claiming to save the poor from the rich in a democracy, rising to power and being immediately corrupted by it.

4. What is Crito's relationship to Socrates?
(a) Crito is a wealthy disciple of Socrates.
(b) Crito is Socrates' cousin
(c) Crito is a Sophist, one of Socrates' enemies.
(d) Crito is a jail guard.

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

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

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

8. Who is Cebes?
(a) Slave and master.
(b) Ally and enemy.
(c) Son and father.
(d) Husband and wife.

9. According to Socrates in Book VII, how many years must a philosopher work after finishing his education in order to become a ruler?
(a) Thirty years.
(b) One year.
(c) Five years.
(d) Fifteen years.

10. Socrates argues that the philosopher __________.
(a) Is idle only in body, but not in mind.
(b) Does not take kindly to dissent.
(c) Takes pleasure in knowledge, has a good memory, and is a virtuous person.
(d) Is quick-witted and knows how to get what he wants.

11. Who said, "the unexamined life is not worth living"?
(a) Cherephon.
(b) An unnamed member of the Athenian Council.
(c) Meletus.
(d) Socrates.

12. As a consequence of misology, or a hatred of logic/reasoning, Socrates explains how the common man has trouble_________.
(a) Apprehending absolute truths.
(b) Apprehending simple concepts.
(c) Speaking literally.
(d) Serving his state.

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

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

15. What challenges does Cebes raise for Socrates?
(a) There is legal precedent for breaking out of jail.
(b) There might be no immortal soul, and when you die, there is only nothingness.
(c) Philosophy is not a worthwhile activity if it lands one in jail under capital punishment.
(d) Socrates can still appeal the verdict.

Short Answer Questions

1. As a consequence of an elevated state of mind, Socrates explains that philosophers often have trouble_________.

2. Philosophers, according to Socrates' analogy, are which of the following?

3. In his discussion of education, Socrates says that arithmetic, geometry, and physics are worthwhile pursuits for which two groups of people?

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

5. According to Socrates, how should a good philosopher rule?

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