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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Socrates explains that the common man sees the philosopher as useless because_________.
(a) He is self-serving, and, therefore, despises those who judge him.
(b) He mistakes thoughfulness for idleness.
(c) He is concerned with the soul, not with books.
(d) He is blinded by ignorance, not seeing the intrinsic importance to their purpose.

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

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

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

7. How does Socrates regard a timocracy?
(a) Socrates wonders about the possibility of military rule.
(b) Socrates thinks that timocracy is the worst form of government.
(c) Socrates claims that honor and passion of a military leader, while not unjust, are imperfect qualities that you don't want in a leader.
(d) Socrates thinks that timocracy is the best form of government in all cases.

8. To Socrates, government is best analogized as being similar to the human _________.
(a) Soul.
(b) Heart.
(c) Limbs.
(d) Brain.

9. According to Socrates in Book VII, how many years must a philosopher work after finishing his education in order to become a ruler?
(a) One year.
(b) Five years.
(c) Fifteen years.
(d) Thirty years.

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

11. What is Socrates' view on the nature of death, particularly his own?
(a) He hopes for perfect knowledge, but really claims to have no idea what will happen.
(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 thinks death a bad thing, but looks forward to it as a means of getting out of prison.

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

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

14. Socrates firmly believes that poets ______________.
(a) Know exactly of what they are speaking.
(b) Are correct about the afterlife.
(c) Should be banished from his city.
(d) Should be allowed to recite in the streets.

15. According to Socrates' opinion, what is the second happiest social class of man in the world?
(a) The democratic man.
(b) The timocratic man.
(c) The tyrant.
(d) The merchant.

Short Answer Questions

1. One theme that is present in Book X, and in other dialogues is______________.

2. Who is Evenus of Paros?

3. In Book IX, the democratic man is described by Socrates as one who_________.

4. Socrates metaphorically refers to himself as __________,

5. What is one example that Socrates uses to suggest that the city has already turned against him?

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