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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. "A good man [who is] grieving," says Socrates," will attempt to moderate his grief through _________."
(a) Skepticism.
(b) Disgust.
(c) Emotions.
(d) Reason.

2. What is one example that Socrates uses to suggest that the city has already turned against him?
(a) His conversation with Meno before the hearing.
(b) Gorgias of Leontini's Poetics.
(c) Aristophanes' play Clouds.
(d) The uproar in the courtroom when he speaks.

3. In the then-present Greece, Socrates believes that __________.
(a) There are very many true philosophers.
(b) The rise of a philosopher-king, though desirable, is an impossible scenario.
(c) Sophists fill the role of philosophers.
(d) There are very few true philosophers.

4. What does Socrates think his dream means?
(a) The kingdom of man is not so different from the animal kingdom.
(b) A foreshadowed vision of Crito coming to visit him.
(c) The boat which was supposed to arrive the same day, would not arrive until tomorrow, thereby delaying his execution.
(d) Socrates will go to heaven after he dies.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Philosophers, according to Socrates' analogy, are which of the following?

2. Socrates thinks that poets and painters are_____________.

3. What challenges does Cebes raise for Socrates?

4. Whom does Socrates think is the fourth (and least) happiest social class of man in the republic?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why is democracy dangerous, according to Socrates?

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

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

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

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