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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. Wise souls, Socrates asserts, will always choose paths of_________.
(a) Greed.
(b) Avarice.
(c) Pedagogy.
(d) Virtue.

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

3. One theme that is present in Book X, and in other dialogues is______________.
(a) Learning as recalled knowledge.
(b) Platonic forms manifest on earth.
(c) The immortality of the soul.
(d) The myth of reincarnation.

4. According to Socrates, how should a good philosopher rule?
(a) Never rule because absolute power corrupts absolutely.
(b) Not associate with politics.
(c) Rule, but unwillingly so.
(d) Rule, but willingly so.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Socrates, what did the Oracle at Delphi tell Socrates and Cherephon?

2. To Socrates, government is best analogized as being similar to the human _________.

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

4. According to Socrates' radical math, the tyrant's life is 729 times________.

5. After the verdict, Socrates warns the Athenian jury that________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is democracy dangerous, according to Socrates?

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

6. Why are poets dangerous, according to Socrates?

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

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

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

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

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