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 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 shows Polemarchus that stealing from the rich is unjust.

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

3. Who is Socrates walking with when he is stopped by a group of men urging him to come to Cephalus' house?
(a) Plato.
(b) Thrasymachus.
(c) Glaucon.
(d) Meno.

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

5. Describe Thrasymachus' view of Socrates.
(a) He likes the Socratic method of reasoning.
(b) He can't follow Socrates' logic.
(c) He hates Socrates and thinks Socrates is stupid.
(d) He chastizes Socrates for asking questions freely, but dodging them when he is asked a question himself.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. The common man is not concerned with beauty itself, but ___________.

4. Complete the comparison: philosophers have wisdom whereas common men have _______

5. How does Polemarchus define justice?

(see the answer key)

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