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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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 is self-serving, and, therefore, despises those who judge him.
(d) He mistakes thoughfulness for idleness.

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

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

5. According to Socrates, how should a good philosopher rule?
(a) Not associate with politics.
(b) Rule, but willingly so.
(c) Rule, but unwillingly so.
(d) Never rule because absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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

7. 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) If they do not convict him, the public will think them weak.
(c) If they exile him, he will spread slander about the Athenian justice system
(d) They are acting unjustly by carrying out the entire trial in one day.

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

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

10. What is Socrates' view on the nature of death, particularly his own?
(a) He thinks death a bad thing, but looks forward to it as a means of getting out of prison.
(b) He thinks death is a good thing, though one should not look forward to it.
(c) He does not believe in an afterlife.
(d) He hopes for perfect knowledge, but really claims to have no idea what will happen.

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

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

13. According to Socrates, what did the Oracle at Delphi tell Socrates and Cherephon?
(a) Socrates was the wisest man alive.
(b) Socrates would be executed if he returned to Athens.
(c) The Thirty Tyrants would bring times of war followed by prosperity.
(d) The Oracle would not speak to Socrates and Cherephon.

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

15. What must the philosopher, according to Socrates in Book VI, employ in order to attain knowledge of "absolute good"?
(a) Public opinion of theoretical subjects.
(b) Guessing and hoping he gets lucky.
(c) Hypotheses about what is good in the world.
(d) Judgment against "absolute evil."

Short Answer Questions

1. The tyrannical man, according to Socrates, is characterized by___________.

2. In Book X, Socrates returns to a discussion about _________.

3. What does Socrates think his dream means?

4. In Book IX, what is the philosopher's deepest pleasure?

5. How does Socrates regard a timocracy?

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