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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 self-serving, and, therefore, despises those who judge him.
(c) He mistakes thoughfulness for idleness.
(d) He is blinded by ignorance, not seeing the intrinsic importance to their purpose.

2. Where does Crito take place?
(a) The marketplace at Athens.
(b) Agathon's house.
(c) A jail.
(d) A temple.

3. 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.

4. Socrates believes that the "just man" is _____________.
(a) Bound only to enjoy his goodness while he is alive.
(b) An enemy to himself.
(c) An enemy to unjust gods.
(d) A friend of the gods and will be rewarded for being so.

5. What challenges does Cebes raise for Socrates?
(a) Socrates can still appeal the verdict.
(b) There might be no immortal soul, and when you die, there is only nothingness.
(c) There is legal precedent for breaking out of jail.
(d) Philosophy is not a worthwhile activity if it lands one in jail under capital punishment.

6. Socrates believes that a philosopher is best rewarded in death if ________.
(a) His soul continues to survive, while his body is laid to rest.
(b) He is brought back to life.
(c) He becomes a god.
(d) His soul is laid to rest, while his body continues to survive.

7. Which subject should be taught last in Socrates' curriculum?
(a) Mathematics.
(b) Logic.
(c) Dialectic (the study of reasoning).
(d) Ontology (study of being).

8. Which one of the following scenarios, according to Socrates, would most likely give rise to a tyrannical government?
(a) A merchant purchasing secret information about the government and using it to blackmail congress.
(b) A man, claiming to save the poor from the rich in a democracy, rising to power and being immediately corrupted by it.
(c) A hero completing a mythical quest which bestows immortality upon him.
(d) A military lieutenant from within the general's ranks making a grab for power to control the timocracy.

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

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

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

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

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

14. The Athenian jury finds Socrates_________.
(a) Innocent on some charges but guilty on others.
(b) Innocent and acquits him of all charges.
(c) Guilty and sentences him to exile.
(d) Guilty and sentences him to death.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Socrates firmly believes that poets ______________.

2. As a consequence of misology, or a hatred of logic/reasoning, Socrates explains how the common man has trouble_________.

3. What assertion is made by Socrates when he responds to Adeimantus' point?

4. Socrates concludes Book X with a theory of _______________.

5. According to Socrates in Book VII, to what should all philosophers aspire?

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