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. In Book IX, the democratic man is described by Socrates as one who_________.
(a) Is the most virtuous type of person.
(b) Cares only for himself.
(c) Is just as evil as the tyrannical man.
(d) Will not fulfill his perverse desires because he has a conscience.

2. What analogies does Socrates employ to refute Thrasymachus' position on justice?
(a) He compares democracy to dictatorship and aristocracy.
(b) He compares a money-maker to a philosopher and a clergyman.
(c) He compares justice to food, both nourishing the soul.
(d) He compares the skill of a leader to the respective skills of a doctor, house-builder, and sailor.

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

4. 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.

5. According to Socrates' opinion, what is the second happiest social class of man in the world?
(a) The timocratic man.
(b) The democratic man.
(c) The merchant.
(d) The tyrant.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Thrasymachus first define justice?

3. When Cephalus tends to his sacrifice, who immediately takes his place in conversation with Socrates?

4. In Book IX, what is the common man's deepest pleasure?

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

(see the answer key)

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