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

2. Socrates believes that a philosopher is best rewarded in death if ________.
(a) He becomes a god.
(b) His soul is laid to rest, while his body continues to survive.
(c) He is brought back to life.
(d) His soul continues to survive, while his body is laid to rest.

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

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

5. Why is Phaedo important?
(a) Because Socrates willed Phaedo everything that Socrates owned.
(b) Because he personally executed Socrates.
(c) Because he was present at Socrates execution and spoke with Socrates before he died.
(d) Because he tried to break Socrates out of prison.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Socrates firmly believes that poetry _____________.

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

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

5. Which one of the following scenarios, according to Socrates, would most likely give rise to a tyrannical government?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are poets dangerous, according to Socrates?

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

3. Why does Socrates think that the philosopher is always the happiest man in the state?

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

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

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

7. What does the cave metaphor mean?

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

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

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

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