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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to Socrates' radical math, the tyrant's life is 729 times________.
(a) More worthy than an elected leader's life.
(b) Less exciting than the soldier's life.
(c) Less pleasant than the philosopher'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 hero completing a mythical quest which bestows immortality upon him.
(b) A military lieutenant from within the general's ranks making a grab for power to control the timocracy.
(c) A merchant purchasing secret information about the government and using it to blackmail congress.
(d) A man, claiming to save the poor from the rich in a democracy, rising to power and being immediately corrupted by it.

4. How does Socrates regard a timocracy?
(a) Socrates thinks that timocracy is the best form of government in all cases.
(b) Socrates claims that honor and passion of a military leader, while not unjust, are imperfect qualities that you don't want in a leader.
(c) Socrates wonders about the possibility of military rule.
(d) Socrates thinks that timocracy is the worst form of government.

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

6. Adeimantus interrupts Socrates in the beginning of Book VI to ask him ____________.
(a) Whether philosophy is an activity or a profession.
(b) When students get to become full-fledged philosophers.
(c) Why he wants philosophers to rule the city.
(d) Why philosophers are either useless or evil.

7. In his discussion of education, Socrates says that arithmetic, geometry, and physics are worthwhile pursuits for which two groups of people?
(a) Craftsmen and politicians.
(b) Philosophers and military generals.
(c) Philosophers and merchants.
(d) Traders and servants.

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

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

10. How does Crito plan to aid Socrates?
(a) Crito doesn't want to help Socrates.
(b) Crito wants to secretly bring Socrates food.
(c) Formally appeal Socrates' case to a superior court.
(d) By using his wealth and influence, Crito plans to get Socrates out of prison.

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

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

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

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

15. In Socrates' cross-examination of Meletus, how does he make Meletus contradict himself?
(a) By asking Meletus about his family.
(b) Socrates does not make Meletus contradict himself.
(c) By showing that Meletus asserts that Socrates both believes in the gods and doesn't believe in them.
(d) By proving Meletus to be incapable of answering questions.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Socrates think his dream means?

2. As a consequence of misology, or a hatred of logic/reasoning, Socrates explains how the common man has trouble_________.

3. Tyranny is most likely to occur under which form of government?

4. When he first address the jury, Socrates_________.

5. Socrates thinks that poets and painters are_____________.

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