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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 explains that the common man sees the philosopher as useless because_________.
(a) He mistakes thoughfulness for idleness.
(b) He is blinded by ignorance, not seeing the intrinsic importance to their purpose.
(c) He is concerned with the soul, not with books.
(d) He is self-serving, and, therefore, despises those who judge him.

2. What is an oligarchy?
(a) Rule by the rich.
(b) Rule by the military.
(c) Rule by the elite.
(d) Rule by the poor.

3. In Book IX, the democratic man is described by Socrates as one who_________.
(a) Will not fulfill his perverse desires because he has a conscience.
(b) Is just as evil as the tyrannical man.
(c) Is the most virtuous type of person.
(d) Cares only for himself.

4. Why would candidates for a philosopher-king class in the republic be tested?
(a) To ensure that they can endure different types of intellectual life.
(b) To prove that they are stronger than their adversaries.
(c) To enjoy a life of task and reward.
(d) To show that they have no skeletons in their closets.

5. What is an aristocracy?
(a) Rule by poor.
(b) Rule by the millitary.
(c) Rule by a family.
(d) Rule by the elite.

Short Answer Questions

1. The tyrannical man, according to Socrates, is characterized by___________.

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

3. Socrates firmly believes that poetry _____________.

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

5. What does Socrates think his dream means?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How can tyranny arise in a democratic state?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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