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

2. According to Socrates, to what does a true philosopher owe his life?
(a) The people.
(b) The state.
(c) His parents.
(d) His God.

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

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

5. 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) His soul is laid to rest, while his body continues to survive.
(c) He becomes a god.
(d) He is brought back to life.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is an oligarchy?

2. Socrates' republic would have a ruling _________.

3. In Book IX, what is the common man's deepest pleasure?

4. Which of the following ideas are not mentioned in Book VI?

5. According to Socrates in Book VII, how many years must a philosopher work after finishing his education in order to become a ruler?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Socrates think the Sophists are evil?

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

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

4. What objection does Cebes raise about Socrates view on death?

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

6. If one cannot live like a philosopher, what does Socrates think he should do?

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

8. Characterize the nature of Socrates' speech in his own defense.

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

10. Why is the tyrannical man the most miserable, according to Socrates?

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