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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. The tyrannical man, according to Socrates, is characterized by___________.
(a) A lack of temperance or restraint in any of his desires.
(b) Extreme paranoia.
(c) Spending money frivolously.
(d) A quickness to express wayward thoughts.

2. How does Socrates regard an oligarchy?
(a) Socrates asserts that an oligarchy is worse than a democracy.
(b) Socrates thinks that class divisions are crucial to the success of an oligarchy.
(c) Socrates claims that oligarchy is dangerous because it often leads to an impoverished public.
(d) Socrates thinks that oligarchy is the best form of government in all cases.

3. As a consequence of an elevated state of mind, Socrates explains that philosophers often have trouble_________.
(a) With sensible and mundane activities.
(b) Apprehending absolute truths.
(c) Being professional.
(d) Focusing on complicated issues.

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

5. In Book VII Socrates weaves an analogy suggesting that the common man is like________.
(a) A willow flapping in the wind.
(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 starving beast, desperate for food.

Short Answer Questions

1. When he first address the jury, Socrates_________.

2. What is timocracy?

3. According to Socrates, what would be one way for philosopher-rule to commence?

4. Who said, "the unexamined life is not worth living"?

5. In Book IX, how does Socrates describe a tyrant?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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