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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 is timocracy?
(a) Rule by the poor.
(b) Rule by the military.
(c) Rule by the elite.
(d) Rule by the rich.

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

3. Who is Evenus of Paros?
(a) A poet and orator who charges five minas for instruction.
(b) The man who will execute Socrates.
(c) One of Socrates' accusers.
(d) A member of the Athenian jury.

4. If led by true philosophers, Socrates argues that the republic would__________________.
(a) Deal justly with foreigners.
(b) Be the most powerful state in the world.
(c) Not negotiate with other nations.
(d) Reflect the same perfect justice, beauty, and goodness of its leaders.

5. What is one of the reasons that Crito offers for coming to visit Socrates?
(a) Crito wants to find out what to do with Socrates' sons.
(b) Crito misses Socrates.
(c) Socrates asked Crito to come.
(d) If Crito didn't come to try to rescue Socrates, it would reflect poorly on himself and Socrates' supporters.

Short Answer Questions

1. When he first address the jury, Socrates_________.

2. What must the philosopher, according to Socrates in Book VI, employ in order to attain knowledge of "absolute good"?

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

4. How does Socrates regard an oligarchy?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Socrates think the Sophists are evil?

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

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

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

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

6. Why is democracy dangerous, according to Socrates?

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

8. Why are poets dangerous, according to Socrates?

9. How does Socrates argue that it is unlawful to break out of prison?

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

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