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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Socrates argues that the philosopher __________.
(a) Takes pleasure in knowledge, has a good memory, and is a virtuous person.
(b) Is idle only in body, but not in mind.
(c) Does not take kindly to dissent.
(d) Is quick-witted and knows how to get what he wants.

2. According to Socrates' opinion, what does the common man's simple mind cause him to mistake?
(a) Emotions for arguments.
(b) Reason for illogic.
(c) A ceasing of pain for pleasure.
(d) Examples for definitions.

3. In Book IX, what is the common man's deepest pleasure?
(a) Truth.
(b) Material gain.
(c) Sex.
(d) Philosophy.

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

5. From Socrates' point of view, the philosopher is __________ than the tyrant.
(a) Immensely more happy.
(b) More rewarded.
(c) Vested with less power.
(d) Worse off.

Short Answer Questions

1. Socrates is primarily charged with________________.

2. Wise souls, Socrates asserts, will always choose paths of_________.

3. Where does Crito take place?

4. What does Crito want Socrates to do?

5. Which subject should be taught last in Socrates' curriculum?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are poets dangerous, according to Socrates?

2. Why does Socrates think it acceptable for the state to make philosophers rule if they are unwilling?

3. How does Socrates argue that it is unlawful to break out of prison?

4. What are the five tell-tale traits of an aspiring philosopher, according to Socrates?

5. What should be done about the poets, according to Socrates in Book X?

6. Why does Socrates think philosophers make the best rulers?

7. Describe Crito's and Socrates' relationship. Why is this important to the dialogue?

8. Describe Socrates view of death and its role for the philosopher.

9. What does the cave metaphor mean?

10. What, does Socrates think, is the best form of government?

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