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 refute Polemarchus' definition of justice?
(a) Socrates asserts that doing evil, even to an evil man, makes the doer unjust.
(b) Socrates shows Polemarchus that stealing from the rich is unjust.
(c) Socrates shows Polemarchus that every man is intrinsically free, regardless of the law.
(d) Socrates reasons that it is impossible to determine what is fair in every situation.

2. According to Socrates, what happens when "one [is] mistaken in his judgment, and harms his friends, and helps his enemies, unknowingly"?
(a) He is just.
(b) He is unjust.
(c) He claims to know justice, but doesn't.
(d) It doesn't matter; one would never do this.

3. In <i>Book IX</i>, how does Socrates describe a tyrant?
(a) Confused and worried about the wrong things.
(b) Elated at his sheer power.
(c) Tired because he works long hours.
(d) Miserable, living in constant fear.

4. According to Socrates' opinion, what does the common man's simple mind cause him to mistake?
(a) Emotions for arguments.
(b) Reason for illogic.
(c) Examples for definitions.
(d) A ceasing of pain for pleasure.

5. How does Socrates plan to keep the soldiers of the republic from fighting?
(a) He reasons that if they make the most money, they will always be happy.
(b) He trusts that anyone who becomes a solider would put his state before his personal emotions.
(c) He reasons that if they belonged to the same family, they would not fight.
(d) Socrates does not have a measure for ensuring peace among the guardian-class.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Socrates, woman can____________.

2. Describe Thrasymachus' view of Socrates.

3. In <i>Book V</i>, what is the philosopher concerned with, according to Socrates?

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

5. From which poet does Polemarchus derive his definition of justice?

(see the answer key)

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