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

2. How does Socrates rebut the definition of virtue offered by the poets?
(a) By giving Meno a solid definition of virtue.
(b) By proving to Meno that there are many commonly held virtues.
(c) By showing Meno that all men desire good things, but that not all men are virtuous.
(d) By instructing Meno that it is impossible to have an abstract entity which moves other things but does not move itself.

3. In Socrates' ideal nation, literature which depicts the afterlife should depict it as___________.
(a) Foreboding.
(b) Mysterious.
(c) Negative.
(d) Positive.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Socrates concludes which of the following about virtue?

2. To illustrate one facet of his argument, Socrates employs the help of which character?

3. How does Socrates plan to keep the soldiers of the republic from fighting?

4. Who is Asclepius?

5. According to Socrates, where would the republic's leaders live?

(see the answer key)

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