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. Complete the comparison: philosophers have wisdom whereas common men have _______
(a) Obligation.
(b) Opinions.
(c) Expertise.
(d) Judgment.

2. Which demographic of the Athenian population does Socrates single out for discussion?
(a) The soldiers.
(b) The lawyers.
(c) The sophists.
(d) The citizens.

3. How does Thrasymachus first define justice?
(a) "Being impartial and unbiased in all decisions."
(b) "Acting selflessly, so that the kingdom may prosper."
(c) "Nothing other than the advantage of the stronger."
(d) "Making laws to one's own disadvantage."

4. Adeimantus interrupts Socrates in the beginning of <i>Book VI</i> to ask him ____________.
(a) When students get to become full-fledged philosophers.
(b) Whether philosophy is an activity or a profession.
(c) Why he wants philosophers to rule the city.
(d) Why philosophers are either useless or evil.

5. What must the philosopher, according to Socrates in <i>Book VI</i>, employ in order to attain knowledge of "absolute good"?
(a) Judgment against "absolute evil."
(b) Guessing and hoping he gets lucky.
(c) Hypotheses about what is good in the world.
(d) Public opinion of theoretical subjects.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Socrates, what would be one way for philosopher-rule to commence?

3. Why would candidates for a philosopher-king class in the republic be tested?

4. Describe Thrasymachus' view of Socrates.

5. In the dialogue, Meno blames the confusion in his speech on which of the following?

(see the answer key)

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