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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Whom does Socrates think is the fourth (and least) happiest social class of man in the republic?
(a) The tyrant.
(b) The aristocrat.
(c) The democratic man.
(d) The king.

3. As a consequence of an elevated state of mind, Socrates explains that philosophers often have trouble_________.
(a) Being professional.
(b) Apprehending absolute truths.
(c) With sensible and mundane activities.
(d) Focusing on complicated issues.

4. Socrates firmly believes that poetry _____________.
(a) Tends to prevent men from leading good lives.
(b) Is instrumental in helping the common man understand larger issues.
(c) Is philosophy of the heart.
(d) Must be philosophy to be considered poetry.

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

6. In Book IX, what is the philosopher's deepest pleasure?
(a) Material gain.
(b) Truth.
(c) Honor.
(d) Passion.

7. With whom does Socrates discuss the education of soldiers and philosophers?
(a) Meno.
(b) Glaucon.
(c) Adeimantus.
(d) Agathon.

8. After the verdict, Socrates warns the Athenian jury that________.
(a) They are acting unjustly by carrying out the entire trial in one day.
(b) If they exile him, he will spread slander about the Athenian justice system
(c) If they execute him, they will only be hurting themselves, as his role will be impossible to replace.
(d) If they do not convict him, the public will think them weak.

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

10. Socrates believes that the Sophists________________.
(a) Are philosophers themselves.
(b) Should be exiled on grounds of impiety.
(c) Have values worth learning from.
(d) Are evil imitators posing as philosophers.

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

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

13. 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 thinks death a bad thing, but looks forward to it as a means of getting out of prison.
(c) He hopes for perfect knowledge, but really claims to have no idea what will happen.
(d) He does not believe in an afterlife.

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

15. In Book VII Socrates weaves an analogy suggesting that the common man is like________.
(a) A prisoner in a cave looking at shadow puppets and thinking it's real life.
(b) A willow flapping in the wind.
(c) A chicken in a coop, about to be slaughtered.
(d) A starving beast, desperate for food.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Socrates, how should a good philosopher rule?

2. In Socrates' cross-examination of Meletus, how does he make Meletus contradict himself?

3. Socrates is primarily charged with________________.

4. How does Crito plan to aid Socrates?

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

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