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. Whom does Socrates think is the fourth (and least) happiest social class of man in the republic?
(a) The aristocrat.
(b) The democratic man.
(c) The king.
(d) The tyrant.

2. In Book V, what is the philosopher concerned with, according to Socrates?
(a) The afterlife.
(b) Justice, and only justice.
(c) Beautiful things.
(d) Absolute being.

3. What does Cephalus say to Socrates about old age?
(a) Wisdom is not worth death.
(b) Aging takes the life out of one's body.
(c) Old age is the same as youth, it just depends on one's perspective.
(d) Most people think it is a curse, but one can enjoy freedom from youth's passions.

4. What does Socrates assert about his views of the ideal state?
(a) They are based on insidious accusations against the current ruling power.
(b) They will bring about the coming of a new empire.
(c) They break certain established social norms.
(d) They are without flaw.

5. According to Socrates' radical math, the tyrant's life is 729 times________.
(a) More laudable than the common man's life.
(b) Less pleasant than the philosopher's life.
(c) Less exciting than the soldier's life.
(d) More worthy than an elected leader's life.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Socrates, woman can____________.

2. How does Socrates defend the point that men and women are equal?

3. Who is Glaucon?

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

5. What poet is cited by Cephalus to explain the paradox of old age?

(see the answer key)

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