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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Socrates regard a democracy?
(a) Socrates thinks it is the best form of government in all cases.
(b) Socrates is only for a democracy if it has a bipartisan senate.
(c) Socrates thinks democracy is the worst form of government.
(d) Socrates thinks that the people should be able to choose who leads them.

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

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

10. Why would candidates for a philosopher-king class in the republic be tested?
(a) To enjoy a life of task and reward.
(b) To show that they have no skeletons in their closets.
(c) To ensure that they can endure different types of intellectual life.
(d) To prove that they are stronger than their adversaries.

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

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

13. According to Socrates, to what does a true philosopher owe his life?
(a) His parents.
(b) The state.
(c) His God.
(d) The people.

14. To Socrates, government is best analogized as being similar to the human _________.
(a) Brain.
(b) Heart.
(c) Soul.
(d) Limbs.

15. In Book IX,what is the soldier's deepest pleasure?
(a) Truth.
(b) Material gain.
(c) Strength.
(d) Honor.

Short Answer Questions

1. The evil of the soul, explained in Book X by Socrates, is ___________.

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

3. Socrates believes that a philosopher is best rewarded in death if ________.

4. Who said the following: "Whether in battle or in a court of law, or in any other place, he must do what his city and his country order him; or he must change their view of what is just"?

5. According to Socrates' points in Book IV, the soul of a philosopher_____________________.

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