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

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

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) Fifteen years.
(b) Thirty years.
(c) Five years.
(d) One year.

4. What assertion is made by Socrates when he responds to Adeimantus' point?
(a) Students become philosophers when they stop asking such questions.
(b) Philosophy is neither an activity nor a profession, but a calling.
(c) Philosophers make the best rulers.
(d) True philosophers are more concerned with absolute truth to the opinion of the masses, and only Sophists are evil.

5. In Book VII Socrates weaves an analogy suggesting that the common man is like________.
(a) A starving beast, desperate for food.
(b) A prisoner in a cave looking at shadow puppets and thinking it's real life.
(c) A chicken in a coop, about to be slaughtered.
(d) A willow flapping in the wind.

Short Answer Questions

1. Socrates believes that a philosopher is best rewarded in death if ________.

2. Socrates believes that the "just man" is _____________.

3. According to Socrates' opinion, what is the third happiest social class of man in the world?

4. Socrates' republic would have a ruling _________.

5. In Socrates' cross-examination of Meletus, how does he make Meletus contradict himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Socrates think the Sophists are evil?

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

3. What is the point of Socrates' discussion of evil and injustice after death?

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

5. Why does Socrates think that the forms of government are like forms in the human soul?

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

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

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

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

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

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