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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. If led by true philosophers, Socrates argues that the republic would__________________.
(a) Be the most powerful state in the world.
(b) Not negotiate with other nations.
(c) Deal justly with foreigners.
(d) Reflect the same perfect justice, beauty, and goodness of its leaders.

2. Which of the following ideas are not mentioned in Book VI?
(a) Philosophers can do good and evil.
(b) Hypotheses are helpful, but only when you cannot apprehend an idea without an example.
(c) Learning is a process of recalling past knowledge.
(d) The intellectual life of the philosopher is very rigorous.

3. How does Crito plan to aid Socrates?
(a) Crito wants to secretly bring Socrates food.
(b) Crito doesn't want to help Socrates.
(c) Formally appeal Socrates' case to a superior court.
(d) By using his wealth and influence, Crito plans to get Socrates out of prison.

4. Adeimantus interrupts Socrates in the beginning of Book VI to ask him ____________.
(a) Whether philosophy is an activity or a profession.
(b) Why philosophers are either useless or evil.
(c) When students get to become full-fledged philosophers.
(d) Why he wants philosophers to rule the city.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Cebes?

2. After a philosopher's formal education is complete in the Republic, what does Socrates' think is the next step in his training?

3. As a consequence of an elevated state of mind, Socrates explains that philosophers often have trouble_________.

4. In Book IX, how does Socrates describe a tyrant?

5. How does Socrates regard a democracy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What happens to the soul after it is dead, according to Socrates?

6. Why are poets dangerous, according to Socrates?

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

8. Why is democracy dangerous, according to Socrates?

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

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

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