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, where would the republic's leaders live?
(a) In the Academy.
(b) Separately from the citizens.
(c) In a palace in the country's largest city.
(d) Among the citizens.

2. To illustrate one facet of his argument, Socrates employs the help of which character?
(a) Plato to clarify Socrates' words for a perplexed Meno.
(b) A nearby slave boy to whom he teaches simple geometry.
(c) A nearby guard who speaks about virtuous people he knows.
(d) Meno's wife.

3. What must the philosopher, according to Socrates in Book VI, 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.

4. What assertion is made by Socrates when he responds to Adeimantus' point?
(a) True philosophers are more concerned with absolute truth to the opinion of the masses, and only Sophists are evil.
(b) Philosophers make the best rulers.
(c) Philosophy is neither an activity nor a profession, but a calling.
(d) Students become philosophers when they stop asking such questions.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Asclepius?

2. Who said the following: "may not the art of which neither teachers nor disciples exist be assumed to be incapable of being taught?"

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

4. One virtue that Socrates constantly refers to in his reasoning throughout Book III is_____________.

5. Describe Thrasymachus' view of Socrates.

(see the answer key)

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