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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Wise souls, Socrates asserts, will always choose paths of_________.
(a) Virtue.
(b) Pedagogy.
(c) Avarice.
(d) Greed.

2. Socrates explains that the common man sees the philosopher as useless because_________.
(a) He is concerned with the soul, not with books.
(b) He is blinded by ignorance, not seeing the intrinsic importance to their purpose.
(c) He mistakes thoughfulness for idleness.
(d) He is self-serving, and, therefore, despises those who judge him.

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

4. Tyranny is most likely to occur under which form of government?
(a) Timocracy.
(b) Oligarchy.
(c) Aristocracy.
(d) Democracy.

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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) Holding a military post in order to see if he can resist temptation in the field.
(c) Going into the street and spreading his knowledge to the masses.
(d) Working towards a professorship.

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

12. 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) To convince the people through reasoning that philosophers make better leaders.
(c) If a philosopher raised an army and instigated a revolution.
(d) Assassination of the present emperor.

13. The Athenian jury finds Socrates_________.
(a) Guilty and sentences him to exile.
(b) Guilty and sentences him to death.
(c) Innocent on some charges but guilty on others.
(d) Innocent and acquits him of all charges.

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Socrates' opinion, what is the third happiest social class of man in the world?

2. According to Socrates' opinion, what does the common man's simple mind cause him to mistake?

3. In Book IX, the democratic man is described by Socrates as one who_________.

4. If led by true philosophers, Socrates argues that the republic would__________________.

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

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