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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Book X, Socrates returns to a discussion about _________.
(a) Government.
(b) Social affairs.
(c) Military Strategy.
(d) Poetry.

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

3. 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.

4. According to Socrates, what is the best form of government?
(a) Oligarchy.
(b) Timocracy.
(c) Democracy.
(d) Aristocracy.

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

6. Why is Phaedo important?
(a) Because Socrates willed Phaedo everything that Socrates owned.
(b) Because he personally executed Socrates.
(c) Because he tried to break Socrates out of prison.
(d) Because he was present at Socrates execution and spoke with Socrates before he died.

7. What is an oligarchy?
(a) Rule by the poor.
(b) Rule by the elite.
(c) Rule by the military.
(d) Rule by the rich.

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

9. In Book IX, how does Socrates describe a tyrant?
(a) Miserable, living in constant fear.
(b) Elated at his sheer power.
(c) Confused and worried about the wrong things.
(d) Tired because he works long hours.

10. According to Socrates in Book VII, to what should all philosophers aspire?
(a) To know what's true for oneself.
(b) To make their argument the strongest argument.
(c) To always disagree with each other.
(d) To know absolute truths in-and-of-themselves.

11. Socrates concludes Book X with a theory of _______________.
(a) Reincarnation of souls.
(b) Revolution for the government.
(c) Reverse psychology.
(d) Metaphysical phenomenology.

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

13. 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) Vehemently denies the accusations against him.
(d) Asks a lot of questions.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Socrates think his dream means?

2. Socrates thinks that poets and painters are_____________.

3. Where does Crito take place?

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

5. According to Socrates, what would be one way for philosopher-rule to commence?

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