Great Dialogues Quiz | One Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Republic: Book IX.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Socrates defend the point that men and women are equal?
(a) Though men are physically stronger, women are emotionally stronger.
(b) Though they have different natures, they can perform the same tasks.
(c) Though they have different external organs, their internal ones are similar.
(d) Men need women to exist (and vice-versa), so man and woman are better regarded as parts of a whole rather than individuals.

2. From which poet does Polemarchus derive his definition of justice?
(a) Pindar.
(b) Homer.
(c) Simonides.
(d) Aristophenes.

3. How does Polemarchus define justice?
(a) Stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.
(b) Doing good to one's friends and evil to one's enemies.
(c) Allowing each man to live his life freely.
(d) Being fair in all contexts.

4. What do Socrates' interlocutors object to in the beginning of Book V?
(a) Children must be born on the 7th of the month.
(b) They do not give Socrates any objections until later in the dialogue.
(c) All children and women should be shared (and raised) in common.
(d) All property would be owned by a family.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Socrates assert about his views of the ideal state?

2. From Socrates' point of view, the philosopher is __________ than the tyrant.

3. What analogies does Socrates employ to refute Thrasymachus' position on justice?

4. Whom does Socrates think is the fourth (and least) happiest social class of man in the republic?

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

(see the answer key)

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