Great Dialogues Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Republic: Book VI.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Socrates, what would be one way for philosopher-rule to commence?
(a) Assassination of the present emperor.
(b) If a philosopher raised an army and instigated a revolution.
(c) If a philosopher's soul was born to the son of a king destined to inherit his father's position.
(d) To convince the people through reasoning that philosophers make better leaders.

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

3. One large theme that permeates throughout <i>Meno</i> is:
(a) A proposition can only be deemed valid if it is testable in the empirical world.
(b) There can never be universal ethics.
(c) Learning is really a recollection of old knowledge.
(d) Non- virtuous people can still perform virtuous actions

4. How does Polemarchus define justice?
(a) Being fair in all contexts.
(b) Stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.
(c) Allowing each man to live his life freely.
(d) Doing good to one's friends and evil to one's enemies.

5. Socrates believes that the Sophists________________.
(a) Should be exiled on grounds of impiety.
(b) Are philosophers themselves.
(c) Are evil imitators posing as philosophers.
(d) Have values worth learning from.

Short Answer Questions

1. One virtue that Socrates constantly refers to in his reasoning throughout <i>Book III</i> is_____________.

2. When Meno arrives in Athens, who is accompanying him?

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

4. Socrates concludes which of the following about virtue?

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

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