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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. When Phaedo first arrives at the prison, what is Socrates doing?
(a) Crying like a madman.
(b) Writing poetry.
(c) Speaking to the guards.
(d) Meditating.

2. Who said, "the unexamined life is not worth living"?
(a) Socrates.
(b) An unnamed member of the Athenian Council.
(c) Cherephon.
(d) Meletus.

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

4. Socrates believes that the "just man" is _____________.
(a) Bound only to enjoy his goodness while he is alive.
(b) An enemy to himself.
(c) A friend of the gods and will be rewarded for being so.
(d) An enemy to unjust gods.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Adeimantus interrupts Socrates in the beginning of Book VI to ask him ____________.

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

3. If led by true philosophers, Socrates argues that the republic would__________________.

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

5. What is one of the reasons that Crito offers for coming to visit Socrates?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why are poets dangerous, according to Socrates?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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