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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. What does Crito want Socrates to do?
(a) Stop corrupting his son and the other young people in Greece.
(b) Drink hemlock.
(c) Break out of prison and leave Athens.
(d) Appeal the conviction entered against Socrates.

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

3. After the verdict, Socrates warns the Athenian jury that________.
(a) They are acting unjustly by carrying out the entire trial in one day.
(b) If they do not convict him, the public will think them weak.
(c) If they exile him, he will spread slander about the Athenian justice system
(d) If they execute him, they will only be hurting themselves, as his role will be impossible to replace.

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

5. How does Socrates regard a democracy?
(a) Socrates thinks that the people should be able to choose who leads them.
(b) Socrates thinks it is the best form of government in all cases.
(c) Socrates is only for a democracy if it has a bipartisan senate.
(d) Socrates thinks democracy is the worst form of government.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Phaedo first arrives at the prison, what is Socrates doing?

2. With whom does Socrates discuss the education of soldiers and philosophers?

3. Socrates is primarily charged with________________.

4. How does Socrates regard an oligarchy?

5. Socrates firmly believes that poetry _____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the ultimate goal of the philosopher, as explained by Socrates in Book VI? How does he attain this?

4. Why does Socrates think that aspiring philosophers should be instructed in dialectic only at the end of their educations?

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Socrates think the Sophists are evil?

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

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