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 external organs, their internal ones are similar.
(c) Though they have different natures, they can perform the same tasks.
(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. How does Socrates refute Polemarchus' definition of justice?
(a) Socrates reasons that it is impossible to determine what is fair in every situation.
(b) Socrates shows Polemarchus that stealing from the rich is unjust.
(c) Socrates asserts that doing evil, even to an evil man, makes the doer unjust.
(d) Socrates shows Polemarchus that every man is intrinsically free, regardless of the law.

3. What are the soldiers of the republic explicitly forbidden to do, according to Socrates?
(a) Commit atrocities, such as enslavement and land-burning, against fellow Greeks.
(b) Have sex with non-family members.
(c) Execute war criminals.
(d) Take bribes.

4. When Cephalus tends to his sacrifice, who immediately takes his place in conversation with Socrates?
(a) Glaucon.
(b) Aristotle.
(c) Polemarchus.
(d) Thrasymachus.

5. In Book V, Socrates admits which of the following about his republic?
(a) His city will rule the world.
(b) He hopes his city is built, just not in his lifetime.
(c) Though theoretically sound, such a city might not be actually possible.
(d) Many people would have to be brainwashed before they would live in such a city.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Socrates' opinion, what does the common man's simple mind cause him to mistake?

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

3. According to Socrates' opinion, what is the second happiest social class of man in the world?

4. Describe Thrasymachus' view of Socrates.

5. According to Socrates, what happens when "one [is] mistaken in his judgment, and harms his friends, and helps his enemies, unknowingly"?

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