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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. One theme that is present in Book X, and in other dialogues is______________.
(a) The myth of reincarnation.
(b) Learning as recalled knowledge.
(c) The immortality of the soul.
(d) Platonic forms manifest on earth.

6. How does Socrates regard a timocracy?
(a) Socrates thinks that timocracy is the worst form of government.
(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 best form of government in all cases.

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

8. The tyrannical man, according to Socrates, is characterized by___________.
(a) Extreme paranoia.
(b) A quickness to express wayward thoughts.
(c) Spending money frivolously.
(d) A lack of temperance or restraint in any of his desires.

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

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

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

12. As a consequence of misology, or a hatred of logic/reasoning, Socrates explains how the common man has trouble_________.
(a) Apprehending simple concepts.
(b) Serving his state.
(c) Apprehending absolute truths.
(d) Speaking literally.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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"?

2. In Book IX,what is the soldier's deepest pleasure?

3. What does Crito want Socrates to do?

4. According to Socrates' radical math, the tyrant's life is 729 times________.

5. Whom does Socrates think is the fourth (and least) happiest social class of man in the republic?

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