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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to Socrates' points in Book IV, the soul of a philosopher_____________________.
(a) Does not concern Socrates.
(b) Is better than the soul of a common man.
(c) Is easily persuadable.
(d) Can be used for good and evil alike.

3. The evil of the soul, explained in Book X by Socrates, is ___________.
(a) Injustice.
(b) Treason.
(c) Fire.
(d) Dishonesty.

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

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

6. What is one example that Socrates uses to suggest that the city has already turned against him?
(a) The uproar in the courtroom when he speaks.
(b) Aristophanes' play Clouds.
(c) His conversation with Meno before the hearing.
(d) Gorgias of Leontini's Poetics.

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

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

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

10. Meletus claims that Socrates said which of the following?
(a) "That the sun's a stone and the moon is earth."
(b) "That the gods do not exist."
(c) "Everything is unified and there is no such thing as particulars."
(d) "There is no good reason to follow Athenian law."

11. Philosophers, according to Socrates' analogy, are which of the following?
(a) The farmers who cut the chickens' heads off.
(b) Men freed from the cave, seeing the shadow puppets for what they are.
(c) Wind making the willows flap.
(d) The parasite sitting in the beast's stomach, making it hungry.

12. Socrates' republic would have a ruling _________.
(a) Timocracy.
(b) Monarchy.
(c) Aristocracy.
(d) Democracy.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Socrates regard an oligarchy?

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

3. Socrates believes that the Sophists________________.

4. Adeimantus interrupts Socrates in the beginning of Book VI to ask him ____________.

5. "A good man [who is] grieving," says Socrates," will attempt to moderate his grief through _________."

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