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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. According to Socrates, what would be one way for philosopher-rule to commence?
(a) If a philosopher raised an army and instigated a revolution.
(b) Assassination of the present emperor.
(c) If a philosopher's soul was born to the son of a king destined to inherit his father's position.
(d) To convince the people through reasoning that philosophers make better leaders.

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

3. 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) Fifteen years.
(c) Thirty years.
(d) Five years.

4. What does Socrates think his dream means?
(a) The kingdom of man is not so different from the animal kingdom.
(b) A foreshadowed vision of Crito coming to visit him.
(c) Socrates will go to heaven after he dies.
(d) The boat which was supposed to arrive the same day, would not arrive until tomorrow, thereby delaying his execution.

5. After a philosopher's formal education is complete in the Republic, what does Socrates' think is the next step in his training?
(a) Working towards a professorship.
(b) Going into the street and spreading his knowledge to the masses.
(c) Holding a military post in order to see if he can resist temptation in the field.
(d) Living abroad and returning only when summoned.

Short Answer Questions

1. What must the philosopher, according to Socrates in Book VI, employ in order to attain knowledge of "absolute good"?

2. Socrates is primarily charged with________________.

3. Socrates firmly believes that poetry _____________.

4. Tyranny is most likely to occur under which form of government?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Socrates think that aspiring philosophers should be instructed in dialectic only at the end of their educations?

2. How does Socrates defend against Meletus' chargers of impiety?

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

4. Why does Socrates say in Book VII that "philosophers don't want to rule"?

5. How is the entire Apology an example of Socratic wisdom in practice?

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

7. How can tyranny arise in a democratic state?

8. Which trumps the other, according to Socrates, the laws of Athens or the gods?

9. Why does Socrates think that the philosopher is always the happiest man in the state?

10. Why can't the common man see the world like the philosopher, according to Socrates?

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