Phil. 25: G.E. Assessment Test

Choose the best answer in each case.  Use only an 815-E scantron for this test.  To receive the 5 points extra credit (to be added to Part II of third exam) you must submit this scantron at the time of the third exam, which is Dec. 18 from 10:15 to 12:15 in Hinde Auditorium, lst floor of Student Union.


  1. The PreSocratic philosophers wre largely concerned with answering which of the following questions?
    1. How is knowledge acquired/
    2. What is the best kind of life for a human being?
    3. What are the basic explanatory principles of the natural world?
    4. What is the best kind of poligical regime?
    5. What is the nature of a form?
  2. Thales believes the basic explanatory principle of all things is:
    1. atoms and the void.
    2. Fire
    3. Water
    4. Air
    5. None of the above.
  3. Which best describes why Parmenides believes there is no plurality, change, motion, coming to be and destruction?
    1. What is not, cannot be.
    2. No one’s proven there are such things.
    3. Space and time are finitely divisible.
    4. Being and Being something are different.
  4. A Socratic “cross-examination” is an argument technique for showing that someone’s beliefs are:
    1. inconsistent
    2. false
    3. true
    4. undetermined
  5. The historical Socrates, according to Plato’s Apology, believes his wisdom consists in:
    1. Knowing that he knows nothing.
    2. Knowing what he knows and does not know.
    3. Knowing the Form of the Good.
    4. Knowing that no one can know anything.
  6. In the Republic Plato wants to show that:
    1. Justice is the advantage of the stronger.
    2. The life of complete justice is better than thelife of complete injustice.
    3. Justice is giving to each what is due.
    4. There is no such thing as justice.
    5. None of the above.
  7. What sort of person would Plato say is a just person?
    1. One who does what is good.
    2. Someone whose soul is pure.
    3. A person who is concerned about the welfare of other human beings.
    4. A person whose soul is ordered and harmonious.

  8. Which best describes Plato’s Forms?
    1. They are eternal, necessary, sensible objects.
    2. They are stable, unchanging, nonsensible and the objects of genuine knowledge.
    3. They roll around between being and not-being.
    4. They exist only if sensible objects participate in them.
  9. Why does Aristotle believe that happiness consists of activity under the guidance of reason?
    1. This kind of activity is easy.
    2. This kind of activity enables a person to do the best he/she can whatever his/her circumstances..
    3. This kind of activity does not require any material goods, such as money or friends.
    4. This kind of activity enables a person to see the Form of the Good.
  10. For Aristotle,  material/external goods are:
    1. a means to being happy.
    2. instruments that a person can use to extend his/her happiness.
    3. The core or essence of being happy.
    4. Entirely unnecessary for being happy.