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

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

3. What are the soldiers of the republic explicitly forbidden to do, according to Socrates?
(a) Have sex with non-family members.
(b) Execute war criminals.
(c) Commit atrocities, such as enslavement and land-burning, against fellow Greeks.
(d) Take bribes.

4. According to Socrates' points in Book IV, the soul of a philosopher_____________________.
(a) Does not concern Socrates.
(b) Can be used for good and evil alike.
(c) Is better than the soul of a common man.
(d) Is easily persuadable.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who are the rulers in Socrates' republic?

3. How does Socrates refute Polemarchus' definition of justice?

4. When Cephalus tends to his sacrifice, who immediately takes his place in conversation with Socrates?

5. Socrates concludes which of the following about virtue?

(see the answer key)

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